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LIST: What you need to know if you're attending Hokulea's homecoming

(Image: Polynesian Voyaging Society) (Image: Polynesian Voyaging Society)

On Saturday, upwards of 50,000 people will crowd into Ala Moana Park to welcome the Hokulea home from its worldwide voyage.

Here's what to expect:


• 7-8 a.m.: Four local voyaging canoes from across the state arrive at Magic Island Marina.

• 8:30 a.m.: Canoes from the Marshall Islands and Tahiti arrive

• 9 a.m.: Hikianalia enters marina and docks along bank. Shortly afterward, Hokulea enters marina and ties up to floating dock at Marker 7.

• 10 a.m. Kalii rite conducted by Hale Mua

• 10:30 a.m.: Formal homecoming ceremony

• 12:30-1 p.m.: Screening of Malama Honua Voyage highlights

• 1-5:30 p.m.: Hoolaulea: Music and Community Celebration

Jon Osorio
Aulii Carvalho
Leon & Malia
Steve Grimes
Kainani Kahaunaele
Tahiti MANA
John Cruz, Brother Noland & Paula Fuga

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  • No general parking in Magic Island
  • Limited handicap parking in Magic Island
  • Public transportation and off-site parking encouraged
  • HPD may shut down Ala Moana Park Drive as needed
  • Offsite parking available with shuttles running as needed from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Free parking at McKinley High School (enter at Pensacola Street).
  • Paid parking at Hawaii Convention Center, enter at Kalakaua Avenue


As Hokulea makes her way towards Magic Island, a 500-yard security zone will be enforced around the canoe. Vessels, surfers, and swimmers will be allowed inside the security zone up to 100 feet from Hokulea. 

"We expect lots and lots of people out in the water either on stand-up surfboards, or padleboards, or one-man canoes or six-man canoes. Any kind of vessel," said Jim Howe, Director of the City's Department of Emergency Services.

"We ask that people maintain a safe distance from the Hokulea and also a safe distance from other boaters," said Lt. Commander, William McGhee, U.S. Coast Guard. 


  • Participating vendors will be using compostable items
  • Reusable water bottles encouraged
  • Food vendors will be available
  • Pop-up tents only allowed around perimeter of multi-purpose field
  • No canoe tours or entry onto Hokulea

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