Hokulea sails into Ala Wai to mark final chapter of worldwide voyage

Hokulea sails into Ala Wai to mark final chapter of worldwide voyage
The public will be invited to climb on board the iconic voyaging canoe. (HNN File)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Ending the final chapter of the Malama Honua worldwide tour, the Poylnesian voyaging canoe Hokulea returned to Waikiki on Friday morning.

“It’s been a long journey and so this is where we keep our promise to those young people who will be here today,” said Nainoa Thompson, president and master navigator of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “And today is also the day that we support them.”

The canoe docked along the Ala Wai Harbor in back of the Hawaii Convention Center around 9:15 a.m. It’s the same place the voyaging canoe was docked when she returned from her global voyage in 2017.

Since the end of the global voyage, the Hokulea had still been sailing for her Mahalo, Hawaii tour — a thank you to the islands and the people for supporting the worldwide Malama Honua Voyage.

“Today we are witness to the power of community when it’s united, and today we’re witness to how extraordinary our schools can be when they’re clear about the purpose — why are we teaching, what are we teaching our children — and they’re learning how to take care of their home,” Thompson said.

Tours of the canoe will be available on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. along the Ala Wai Promenade behind the convention center.

Also happening on Saturday at 9 a.m., will be the Islands of Innovation Solutions Summit showcasing ways to achieve sustainability. To RSVP for that event, email divya@hawaiigreengrowth.org.

Later in the evening, the Polynesian Voyaging Society will be holding a fundraiser gala. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

Hokulea’s Ala Wai visit coincides with Earth Day on April 22nd. Polynesian Voyaging Society members are also preparing for their next voyage.

“We’re just privileged, we’re honored — and for me, it’s really pretty emotional 'cause this is the last day," Thompson said. "And now we close the chapter on the Worldwide Voyage and we open another one.”

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