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Hokule'a sail again

by Shannon Stollenmaier, News editor

   

On Jan. 19, the Polynesian Voyaging Society will host E Ola Hokule‘a – Hokule‘a Lives, a daylong event to celebrate the successful restoration Hawai‘i’s first voyaging canoe, Hokule‘a, at the Marine Education & Training Center on Sand Island.

The Hokule‘a spent more than a year in dry dock undergoing a massive restoration in preparation for sailing to the northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) in late January. The event will be held to thank hundreds of volunteers and supporters, as well as to inform the community.

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The festivities, beginning at 10 a.m., will include local-style entertainment, food, and educational activities. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Hokule‘a with society crewmembers, watch video presentations and slideshows of past voyages, and hear stories from those who sailed during Hokule‘a’s maiden voyages. Drawings will be held throughout the day for a chance to win a guest sail on the canoe. The celebration will conclude at 5 p.m.

Hokule‘a Lives will also feature the Navigating Change program, which raises awareness and motivates people to better care for the Hawaiian islands and their ocean resources. The program will provide presentations on NWHI.

“E Ola Hokule‘a – Hokule‘aLives is a wonderful opportunity for people of Hawai‘i to experience an up-close and personal encounter with the treasured Hokule’a and her crew,” said Pat Duarte, executive director of the society.

 
 

 

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