Visitors are allowed to tour the wa'a, which is now docked at Ala Wai Promenade at the Hawaii Convention Center until Tuesday.
"It's chicken skin," said Maui resident Dawn Nordblom. "I still got chicken skin right now."
"It's just great to be here," said another visitor Gordon Simmons. "It feels like you're part of history."
Captain Billy Richards, an original crew member of Hokulea's inaugural 1976 voyage to Tahiti, helped guide the tours on Sunday.
"Most people want to know three things: where you eat, where you sleep and where you go to the bathroom," Richards said.
But getting Hokulea from Magic Island to the Convention Center was no easy task.
Crews had to wait until the lowest tide, at 4 a.m. Sunday, to navigate the canoe under a low-sitting bridge over the Ala Wai Canal.
Master navigator Nainoa Thompson said the the 31-foot high masts were removed and nearly 80 people were called to come on board.
"To push Hokulea down one inch, it takes 2,000 pounds," said Thompson."We were thinking we needed it down 5 inches, which is 10,000 pounds in the canoe. That was the biggest crew ever on Hokulea today. I really didn't know if we could do it, but we needed to try because of those 2,000 school kids, we needed to be here today."