After six years of prepartation, the Hokule'a and sister ship Hikianalia visited Lahaina on Sunday, May 18. A community potluck lunch for the crew was held at Kamehameha Iki Park that night before the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) vessels headed to Hilo, where they will depart for Tahiti for the first leg of Hokule'a's World Wide Voyage (Malama Honua).
"It's time to go and spread this native knowledge that cared for the Hawaiian Islands and share them with the world to care for 'Island Earth,'" said PVS President and Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson explained.
When the canoes leave Hilo in about a week, they aim to visit 85 ports and at least 26 countries during the next three years.
Photos: Chris Turner/Rimfire Photography
Follow the canoe's journey at www.hokulea.com.