HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By. Kristine Tofte
Hawaiiloa Voyaging Canoe made a special appearance at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort this Saturday, November 14, to celebrate Hawaii's great voyaging canoes.
This celebration is a part of the O Ke Kai Series, which is a continued effort of the friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa to ensure the traditional Hawaiian canoe building and restoration skills are passed on to future generations
Hawaiiloa was anchored just offshore of the resort while an arrival ceremony was held on the beach. The ceremony included a welcome procession, conch blowing, and traditional Hawaiian chants and hula. After, guests and visitors were able to enjoy a variety of Hawaiian cultural activities, and talk story with members of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa as well as crew members from previous legs of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
The guests and visitors were also able to display canoe building tools, models of canoes of the pacific, voyaging maps, and canoe plants. A variety of Hawaiian cultural activities were offered including mini canoe maki by Calvin Hoe, a display of Hawaiian weapons, fish hooks and the making of traditional hau cordage by Umi Kai, canoe petroglyph stamping and coloring taught by Lynn Cook, and ti-leaf kupee by Kahoaka.
All the O Ke Kai Series events are free and open to the public.