Navy to welcome Hokulea in canoe's first visit to Pearl Harbor

Navy to welcome Hokulea in canoe's first visit to Pearl Harbor

By Samantha Brooks
HNN Spring Intern

PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) – The traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea will be sailing into Pearl Harbor for the first time this weekend.

On the way in to the harbor, Hokulea and her crew will pay tribute to a series of significant historical and cultural sites. The crew will honor sites like the Halealoha Halemau (Fort Kamehameha Reburial Platform), Arizona Memorial and Loko Pa'aiau Fishpond.

The vessel will make its grand entrance on Saturday Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., and remain docked in the Rainbow Bay Marina for ten days.

The Puuloa community and representatives from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii will welcome the Hokulea with a ceremony that includes formal Navy protocols, hula and chants.

The double-hull canoe's week-long visit will also include community engagement with local schools, public tours, and crew "talk story" events.

Hokulea will be open for public tours on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and again on Feb. 12-16 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

On Thursday Feb. 15, a "talk story" event will be held where crew will discuss the significance of Hokulea's visit to Pearl Harbor. That event will run from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

In addition, the crew of Hokulea will also collaborate with the Navy in restoring the Loko Pa'aiau fishpond.

The Navy began restoring the fishpond in September 2014 alongside Hawaiian civic clubs and the Aiea community.

The events are open to the public with free parking at the Rainbow Bay Marina and additional $1 parking available at Aloha stadium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and water.

For more about Rainbow Bay Marina and directions, click here.

This story may be updated.

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