Hokule‘a re­turns

Voy­ag­ing ca­noe sails to county

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Kick-off event is a ‘talk story’ Fri­day

Hokule‘a and its crew mem­bers will re­turn to Maui County this month as the Poly­ne­sian Voy­ag­ing So­ci­ety con­tin­ues its cel­e­bra­tion of the ves­sel’s three-year, around-the-globe jour­ney.

The ves­sel’s re­turn to Maui will kick off with the “E Wala‘au Kakou — Talk Story” at 5:30 p.m. Fri­day at He­lene Hall in Hana, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment. Fea­tured speak­ers will be from the Kanaka‘ole Foun­da­tion, Maui Nui Makai Net­work, Prom­ise to Pae‘ Aina and the World­wide Voy­age.

The talk story event co­in­cides with Hana’s ninth an­nual Limu Fes­ti­val.

The event con­tin­ues from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Satur­day in Hana Bay with fam­ily-friendly fes­tiv­i­ties that high­light the im­por­tance of limu (seaweed) in marine ecosys­tem health, Hawai­ian cul­ture and diet.

Other events, such as school vis­its, are planned. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.muolea.org/.

Then, in the fi­nal week of this month (Nov. 20 to 28), Hokule‘a and the crew will visit Kau­nakakai, the an­nounce­ment says.

Crew mem­bers will in­ter­act with stu­dents at port and in schools for hands-on voy­age and “malama honua-in­spired ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Crew mem­bers also plan to vol­un­teer with Molokai cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral panel dis­cus­sions, which will be open to the pub­lic, through­out the week.

In De­cem­ber, the ves­sel will go to Pokai Bay in Wa­ianae, Oahu.

“As we sailed Hokule‘a far from home, our home com­mu­ni­ties con­tin­ued the ef­forts that fueled and in­spired the World­wide Voy­age,” said Nainoa Thomp­son, the so­ci­ety’s pres­i­dent. “Not only did they give us the best of their com­mu­ni­ties to sail on the deck of our ca­noes, they also con­tin­ued the work to bring Hawaii to the global fore­front of ed­u­ca­tional trans­for­ma­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and cul­tural re­vi­tal­iza­tion. We need to share, cel­e­brate, el­e­vate and ma­halo their suc­cesses — this is what the Ma­halo Hawaii Sail is all about.”

In mid-Au­gust, Hokule‘a and its crew mem­bers vis­ited Honolua Bay at the start of more than 40 ports and 80 com­mu­ni­ties the crew set out to visit on the ves­sel’s Ma­halo Hawaii Sail.

Hokule‘a em­barked on its first long-dis­tance voy­age from Honolua Bay in May 1976.

The sail sched­ule is sub­ject to change be­cause of weather and other fac­tors, the so­ci­ety says.

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