PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - After leaving Salem, Mass., on Saturday, Hokulea and her ocean voyaging crew are in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
They were welcomed by three members of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki people.
The crew was in for another special treat, getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody Essex Museum's Oceanic Arts and Culture Gallery, which has a vast collection of 20,000 objects from more than 36 islands in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
5,000 of them are Hawaiian objects that form one of the most significant collections of its kind outside Hawaii. And the exhibit is currently closed to the public for renovation.
Among the highlights is one of the three statue images of Hawaiian god Kukailimoku. The British Museum in the United Kingdom and the Bishop Museum house the other two surviving statues.
Hokulea is scheduled to depart Portsmouth on Tuesday for Portland, Maine.