Repairs to Hokulea are almost pau as the canoe prepares to set sail again

Repairs to Hokulea are almost pau as the canoe prepares to set sail again
(Image: PVS)

SAND ISLAND, OAHU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - Last week, the world-famous voyaging canoe Hokulea returned to Oahu for emergency repairs.

The hulls of the canoe were damaged in waters off Hawaii Island during the Mahalo Hawaii tour towards the end of April.

Crew members then made the decision to postpone further community events on the Big Island, and sail her back to Oahu for emergency repairs.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society says after nine days in dry dock, repairs are nearing completion and the canoe is on track to set sail again.

The next step in the Mahalo Hawaii sail is Maunalua Bay where crew members and the canoe will be docked and play host to public events.

Hokulea will depart Sand Island, weather permitting, Friday night and arrive at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center early Saturday where she will remain until May 24.

Here is the tentative schedule:

Dockside Canoe Tours at Hawaii Kai Town Center, free public event:

-May 12, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
-May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-May 14-18, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
-May 19 & 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-May 21-23, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For a list of other events, click here.

PVS crew says events that were postponed on Hawaii Island due to the damage will be rescheduled to later this year when Hokulea returns.

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