JAMESTOWN, VIRGINA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hokulea continues to make history as it arrived in historic Jamestown, VA Sunday morning.
The Hokulea crew was greeted by the area's Native American tribes and about 300 people from the community. The arrival ceremony included a cultural welcome by Virginia Indian tribal chiefs from the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Mattaponi Tribe and the Nottway Indian Tribe of Virginia.
Upon arrival, the Hokulea crew proceeded with the blowing of the pu and a chant to the tribes, requesting permission to enter the area. The ceremony also included performances by the Native Virginia tribes and a presentation of gifts from the crew to the Virginia hosts.
The Hokulea will remain docked at Yorktown until May 7 while tours and educational outreach activies will be held. The crew will also offer a lecture at the Mariners' Museum and conduct a community day to lead classes with hands-on activities that explore the ways in which Polynesians navigated the seas and interacted with the ocean.
"We greatly appreciate the efforts of our partners at the Mariners' Museum and Yorktown who have planning months to work our Hokule?a's visit into their programming," said Bruce Blankenfeld, captain and Pwo navigator. "As a result, this engagement will allow us to reach and interact with hundreds of students, teachers and other members of this part of Virginia."
After their stop in Yorktown, the Hokulea will continue to their next stop at Tangier Island, VA in the Chesapeake Bay.
For Hokule?a's most up-to-date schedule, visit http://www.hokulea.com/hokuleas-planned-east-coast-port-stops/
To follow the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit http://hokulea.com/track-the-voyage.