2012: Events and News
2011: Events and News
Kau Wela (Dry Season) 2011
Hoʻoilo (Wet Season) 2011
2010: Events and News
December 2009: Training Sail to Palmyra
December 2008: Plan for a Training Sail to Palmyra and Christmas Island
January 2008: Ku Holo Mau (Voyage to Satawal) and Ku Holo Komohana (Voyage to Japan)
September 2006: Hokualaka‘i Launching; 2006 Malama Wa‘a (Caring for the Canoe)
August 2006: Kapu Na Keiki: Youth Training Program
December 2004: Navigating Change: NWHI Voyage Completed
Winter 2003: Northewestern Hawaiian Islands Voyage Postponed; Sail to Nihoa
Summer 2003: Marine Education Training Center; 2003 Statewide Sail
Spring 2002: Plans for Northewestern Hawaiian Islands Voyage
Summer 2001: Ocean Learning Academy
Spring 2001: 2001 Statewide Sail
Ho‘oilo (Rainy Season) 1999: Closing the Triangle: the Quest for Rapanui; Malama Hawai‘i Initiative
Kau (Dry Season) 1998: Restoring Hokule‘a; Center for Marine Sciences
Kau (Dry Season) 1997: Aloha, Wrighto; Project Ho‘olokahi
Ho‘oilo (Rainy Season) 1996-1997: Malama Hawai‘i: 1996-97 Statewide Sail
Ho‘oilo (Rainy Season) 1995-1996: Exploration Learning Center Launched
Kau (Dry Season) 1995: A Safe Successful 1995 Voyage; Northwest and West Coast Tours
Makali‘i (November-December) 1994: North to Hawai‘i, the Marquesas Connection, by Ben Finney
Hilinama (August-September) 1994: Hawai‘iloa Sea Trials, after Modification
Ka‘aona (May–June) 1994: Training and Education Sails; 1992 Voyage: 4. The Voyage Home
Nana (February–March) 1994: 1992 Voyage: 3. Sailing in the Cook Islands
Makali‘i (November-December) 1993: First Sea Trials for Hawai‘iloa Completed; Modifications Begin; 1992 Voyage: 2. Sailing in Tahiti
Fall 1993: Blessing and Launching Hawai‘iloa; 1992 Voyage: 1. Hawai‘i to Tahiti
March 1992: Building Hawai‘iloa
December 1990: Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program; search for logs to build Hawai‘iloa
March-April 1984: Announcing the 1985-1987 Voyage of Rediscovery
August 1975: A Voyage into Hawai‘i’s Past (1976 Voyage to Tahiti), by Ben Finney
1974: Plans for Launching of Hokule‘a on March 8, 1975
September 1974: Announcement of 3 day Polynesian Sailing Workshop at Kualoa Park
April 1974: Wa‘a Kaulua...Double Canoe, by Herb Kane. (Training on Nalehia, a 40 ft. double-hulled sailing canoe built by Ben and Ruth Finney in 1966; plans to build Hokule‘a.)

PVS Newsletter / Ho'oilo (Rainy Season) 1996-1997

Malama Hawai'i / Caring for Hawai'i 1996-97 Statewide Voyage

Crew Training for the Statewide Sail Began in the Summer of 1996

Kaua'i crew began training in the summer 1996. Photo by Doug Peebles.

On September 12, 1996, Hokule'a sailed to Kaua'i, with veteran Kaua'i crew member Dennis Chun serving as captain, and an all-Kaua'i crew.

The voyage was the beginning of a statewide voyage by Hokule'a conducted by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Queen's Health Systems, the Bishop Museum, and the Hawai'i Maritime Center. The theme of the voyage is Malama Hawai'i--"Caring for Hawai'i." The mission of the participating groups is "to facilitate the building of community-initiated programs and activities which will contribute to a safe, healthy Hawai'i, where cultures thrive and people are productive and secure."

The canoe remained on Kaua'i until November 10, with stops in Nawiliwili, 'Ele'ele (Port Allen), and Hanalei. It was first time in over twenty years that Hokule'a spent an extended period time on Kaua'i. The Kaua'i visit was spearheaded by Na Kalai Wa'a o Kaua'i, a new voyaging group formed by veteran crew members Dennis Chun, John Kruse, and Dr. Pat Aiu. The visit brought together many cultural groups and health care providers, which supported the Hokule'a visit and which began to look at the connection between culture and health, and ways to improve the health of the community, particularly the Hawaiian community. Supporting groups included Wilcox Hospital, Ho'ola Lahui, Mokihana Festivals, Kaua'i Taro Festivals, Aloha Festivals, the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association, the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center, Kaua'i Community College Hawaiians Studies, and Kaua'i Rural Health Association.

Dennis Chun summarized the impact of the Hokule'a visit on Kaua'i: "There was an incredible outpouring of interest in Hokule'a and what this canoe means. What stood out was the various ways in which people took meaning from the canoe and incorporated this into their own lives. Some viewed the canoe from its accomplishments and took pride in what the ancients were able to accomplish. While others envisioned the cultural and social aspects of voyaging that enabled Polynesians to venture forth on the ocean. Still others investigated the academic areas of traditional voyaging and marveled at the knowledge and skills that were developed during those times. Whatever the perspective that one chose, there was always the interest, pride, and desire to personalize the canoe within one's own life."

Over 5,000 students and 3,000 community members visited the canoe. About 20 select Kaua'i residents were able to sail and learn voyaging and navigation, while another 75 had at least one opportunity to sail. The newly formed Na Kalai Wa'a o Kaua'i hopes the visit will inspire the community to support the building of a voyaging canoe for the island.

On January 11, the O'ahu segment of the statewide voyage began, with the Hakipu'u 'Ohana and other members of the Ko'olaupoko district of O'ahu sailing Hokule'a from the Hawai'i Maritime Center to Maunalua Bay on a training sail. On January 26-27, the 'Ohana will sail the canoe around Makapu'u to Kane'ohe Bay, and anchor at Hakipu'u for three weeks of canoe activities, including community sails, star observations, and canoe tours for elementary and intermediate schoolchildren. The tours will teach about navigation, geography, provisioning, and sailing while emphasizing values such as 'Imi 'Ike (Seeking Knowledge), Malama (Taking Care), Laulima (Working Together), Lokomaika'i (Sharing), and Olakino Maika'i (Living Healthily) as keys to a successful, safe voyage. Windward Community College's voyaging class is planning to build a star compass at Kualoa Regional Park in order to teach younger students and the community about the ancient Polynesian method of navigating by the stars.

Young Voyagers on the Canoe Tour

Pu'ohala Immersion School Boys Check Out Hokule'a's Hold

Pu'ohala Immersion School Girls

On February 14-15, the canoe will be moored at Moku o Lo'e (Coconut Island), where the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology will host it and conduct marine education activities for schoolchildren (Friday) and the general public (Saturday).

On Feb. 17 Hokule'a will sail to Kahana Bay for a welcome ceremony by the Ko'olauloa District (Ka'a'awa to Waimea Bay). Canoe tours for schoolchildren and community sails will be conducted on the 18th and 19th.

Hokule'a will arrive at Poka'i Bay on Feb. 22 for a week-and-a-half stay. The canoe will depart from Wai'anae on March 7. Captains and coordinators for the O'ahu legs are Bruce Blankenfeld, Kimo Lyman, Gordon Pi'ianai'a, and Nainoa Thompson.

Hokule'a will continue its statewide voyage by sailing to Moloka'i on Mar. 8 with a Moloka'i crew and continue on to the Big Island on March 22. Before the voyage ends in mid-June, the canoe will also visit Hana (April 4-5), Kailua-Kona, Miloli'i and Hilo (April 7-24), Kaho'olawe (Apr. 26), Lana'i (Apr. 28-May 2, June 1-12), Kahului (May 10-30), and Waimanalo (June 14). Neighbor island coordinators for the statewide sail are Mel Paoa and Penny Martin, Moloka'i; Sol Kaho'ohalahala, Lana'i; Clay Bertelmann and 'Onohi Paishon, Moku o Hawai'i; and Leon and Jo-Anne Sterling, Maui.

Project Ho'olokahi: High School Voyaging Program, 1997

Wai'anae High School Students Saw Whales Off Hale'iwa, Spring 1996

In partnership with the Department of Education and in conjuction with the statewide sail of Hokule'a, PVS is conducting high school voyaging programs with the voyaging canoe Eala. Project Ho'olokahi aims to integrate cultural and environmental learning on land and at sea and to bring students, family, and community together around the shared value of Malama Hawai'i--caring for our special island home.

Voyaging Training Camps, February 3-14, Kualoa Regional Park: Five groups of students will participate in two-day camps to learn the sailing dynamics of a Polynesian canoe and the basics of navigation by the stars as well as how to sail Eala and plan their round the island sail. Participating high schools: Castle, Hana (Maui), Kailua, Wai'anae, and Waipahu.

Voyaging Around O'ahu I, March 16-22. Sixty select students from four high schools-Castle, Kailua, Wai'anae, and Waipahu-will camp together for a week at Kualoa (Mar. 16-Mar. 20) and at Poka'i Bay in Wai'anae (Mar. 20-Mar. 22). Teams of students will sail Eala around O'ahu, ending in Wai'anae on Mar. 22; students who remain in camp will engage in environmental and cultural learning activities, such as reef walks, valley hikes, lo'i (taro patch) restoration, and fishpond visits.

Voyaging Around O'ahu II, April 5-12. Forty students from Wai'anae High School's Marine Science Learning Center will sail around O'ahu in teams, anchoring and camping at various sites around the island. Camp sites will include Ke'ehi Lagoon, Maunalua Bay, Moku o Lo'e (Coconut Island), Kualoa, Kahana, Hale'iwa, and Makaha.

Project Ho'olokahi is supported by a grant from the Hawai'i Community Foundation.