HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been 40 years since the iconic voyaging canoe Hokulea embarked on her first journey on March 8, reinvigorating a newfound appreciation and love for traditional Hawaiian voyaging and navigating techniques.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society will celebrate the anniversary with a series of events and festivities throughout the year. The celebrations will kick off with a "Birthday to Earth Day" campaign in which community members in Hawaii, the 26 visited Polynesian islands and future ports will share a birthday message and submit inspiring local "stories of hope" about young people taking leadership roles in caring for their natural environment and culture. The campaign will run from March 8 through April 23.
"Hokulea is more than a voyaging canoe," said Nainoa Thompson, master navigator and president of PVS. "She awakened us to the importance of bringing people together from all walks of life to perpetuate the values we care about in Hawaii. We have a 'kuleana' to build a future worthy of our children. As we celebrate 40 years of sailing, we look forward to sharing Hokulea's story, and hope that she inspires many more people to navigate their own voyages of kindness and compassion."
Festivities include a fundraising campaign with Jack Johnson, Chucky Boy Chock and Paula Fuga, parties, summer film screenings and more.
On March 8, 1975, the Hokulea, designed by artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane, launched from the shores of Kualoa in Kaneohe on her maiden voyage. The Polynesian voyaging canoe is currently on her worldwide voyage with her sister canoe, the Hikianalia.
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