(BIVN) – The Hōkūleʻa is set to sail to Hawaiʻi Island for a two-month visit.
The iconic canoe is expected to arrive in Miloliʻi on Sunday, March 25. The next day, Hōkūleʻa will head to Kailua-Kona, where she will be moored through the end of March.
Through the month of April, Hōkūleʻa will be in Hilo, before finally visiting Kawaihae through the first week in May.
The Hawaiʻi Island visit is part of the “Mahalo, Hawaiʻi” sail, a chance for the Polynesian Voyaging Society to say thanks for the support they received during the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
From the Polynesian Voyaging Society:
For the first time since bidding the famed Polynesian voyaging canoe farewell before departing Hilo in May 2014 for the three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hawaiʻi Island residents will have the opportunity to see and engage with Hōkūleʻa and her crew. During the March through May visit, isle residents can expect crew presentations and talk story sessions, open house canoe tours, volunteer stewardship opportunities and other family-friendly events, all free to the public.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) will also be engaging thousands of public and private school students with canoe visits and hands-on educational activities custom tailored to every age that highlight wayfinding and voyaging through the lenses of math, science, conservation and culture.
Hōkūleʻa is set to sail from PVS headquarters in Sand Island, Honolulu, to Hawaiʻi Island as early as Thursday, March 22, depending on weather conditions. The first stop will be Miloliʻi where the canoe is expected to make her arrival on Sunday, March 25. The following day, Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to depart for Kona where she will be moored through the end of March. Through the month of April, the canoe will be in Hilo and finally in Kawaihae through the first week in May, after which time the canoe and crew will return to Oʻahu. Stay tuned for a detailed list of events and specific dates to be released by PVS as soon as details are confirmed. The Hawaiʻi Island visit is an official stop on Hōkūleʻa’s Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail.
“When we set out to accomplish the impossible in 2014 by sailing around this island Earth, our Hawaiʻi Island communities supported us completely so that we could succeed,” said PVS president Nainoa Thompson. “To go back and say thank you by sharing and inspiring island youth – our next generation of voyagers – that is the best mahalo and investment in our future that I can think of.”