Matt Caires of Hawaii, in red jacket, a crew member on the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule’a, explains to visitors on Friday how the ‘hoe’ (Hawaiian for paddle) steers the vessel. The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Downtown Kingston has been hosting the Hokule’a — a 61-foot-long, 21-foot-wide double-hulled traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe — since Wednesday, and it leaves today. The Kingston visit was part of the East Coast leg of the Hokule’a’s current Worldwide Voyage. The vessel first was launched in 1975 in Kualoa, Hawaii, by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and has sailed 140,000 nautical miles using ancient wayfinding techniques. The mission of the Hokule’a is to spread a message of respect for the Earth and indigenous people. More info: www.hokulea.com.