23 Jan 2018

Hōkūleʻa Returns to Ko Olina Resort for Two-Week Engagement Crewmembers invite students aboard the four hour sail to West Oʻahu

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Continuing on her Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail, Hōkūleʻa took to the water again today to return to Ko Olina Resort. Amidst fair weather and steady tradewinds, Polynesian Voyaging Society crewmembers welcomed aboard a group of Kamaile Academy school students and their teachers. The students are part of a science team known as Na Hoʻokele (the navigators) and were invited by master navigator Nainoa Thompson to experience firsthand what it’s like to sail aboard Hōkūleʻa.

“We made a promise to our children that the [Mālama Honua] voyage would influence goodness primarily in the arena of education,” said Nainoa Thompson, whose team has planned to visit as many as 70 communities as part of the Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail. “We are here at Ko Olina to catch up with the children of Nanakuli, Ewa, Waipahu and Kapolei – we are here to keep our promise to our children one port, one school and one child at a time,” said Thompson.

The legendary voyaging canoe will remain docked in West O’ahu until Feb 3 hosting school groups and daily public dockside canoe tours at the Ko Olina Marina.

Below is a schedule of events for Hōkūleʻa’s Ko Olina visit.
For the most up to date information, visit www.hokulea.com

Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail, Ko Olina Schedule of Events
*Dates and time are dependent on Safety and Weather.

Public Open House Tour of Hōkūleʻa
Ko Olina Marina

Weekdays Jan 22 to 25, Jan 29 to Feb 2, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday Jan 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday Jan 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday Feb 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Hear stories from crewmembers about the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and learn about the lessons learned from the Worldwide Voyage. The public is welcomed to come aboard Hōkūleʻa for guided tours while she is docked at Ko Olina Marina. Entrance is via Kekai Place.

Hōkūle`a: Navigating a Sustainable Future,
An onstage discussion with Nainoa Thompson and Crew
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ocean Ballroom, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons presents legendary navigator Nainoa Thompson in an on-stage event titled “Hōkūleʻa: Navigating a Sustainable Future” followed by a panel discussion with crewmembers. The event is open to the public with a suggestion donation to PVS of $25 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail, which is taking Hōkūleʻa to dozens of communities throughout the State of Hawaiʻi. Register for tickets here

Worldwide Voyage Tracking Map

Full Size Map (You will be taken off of Hokulea.com)

About the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail
The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail will give PVS an opportunity to thank Hawaiʻi’s people, bring Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia home to all of Hawaiʻi, share lessons learned from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and deepen the organization’s connection and understanding of the important work being done here in the islands to care for the earth. During the port visits, PVS will engage with schools and organizations through outreach events, service projects, crew presentations and canoe tours.

About Hōkūleʻa
A symbol of cultural revival, the history of Hōkūleʻa is also being shared on this journey to inspire other indigenous cultures. Hōkūleʻa first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Through the revival of the traditional art and science of wayfinding-navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind, Hōkūleʻa sparked a Hawaiian cultural renaissance and has reawakened the world’s sense of pride and strength as voyagers charting a course for our Island Earth.

About Polynesian Voyaging Society
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another, and their natural and cultural environments.

For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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