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 / September 2006

Aloha e Na Holomoana,

       On behalf of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, we are proud to present our new monthly electronic newsletter.  The intent is to keep our voyaging `ohana abreast of Hokule`a’s progress, as well as the current and future projects of PVS.  If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or wish to update us on any other voyaging aspects, please feel free to contact us @ …we’ll be more than willing to share your news with everyone.

Mahalo Nunui, PVS Staff

Beloved Friend of Hokule`a, Bob Krauss, Passes Away at 82

It is with great sorrow that PVS wishes to inform you of the passing of Bob Krauss, a beloved storyteller, journalist, and crewmember/friend of Hokule`a.

Honolulu Advertiser Library. June 27, 200

Bob, an animated and rambunctious reporter, would have celebrated his 55th anniversary working for the Honolulu Advertiser this coming Oct. 15th.  During his career, Bob wrote 8,000 columns for the Advertiser, primarily referring to Hawaii and Polynesia’s post-contact history, as well as Hawaii’s Maritime history, including the endeavors of Hokule`a, as a crewmember on the Tahiti – Cook Island leg (Aug. – Sept.1985) of the Voyage of Rediscovery. He passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10th, due to complications associated with his triple by-pass surgery.  Services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24th at 4:00pm, on the historic Falls of Clyde (an oil clipper built in 1878, which Krauss assisted in raising funds to restore the historic vessel).  If you wish to attend the services, accommodations will be available along the dockside of the vessel. Click here for the Bob Krauss Research Index.

Hokule`a – “The Legacy” (A Musical Tribute CD) The concert was a musical tribute to Hokule`a, and her 30 years of voyaging.  Now, you can share those memories in an authentic compilation CD featuring songs and chants of Hokule`a – Hawaii’s beloved treasure.

The album was produced by Ken Makuakane, and features an array of local artists, including some of the Kamehameha Schools students and alumni, and Eddie Aikau singing a song he wrote about Hokule`a.  This CD is, “an expression of the commitment, courage, and achievement that Hokule`a represents.” 

If you wish to pick up a copy for your own collection, for a mere donation of $20.00, please feel free to stop by the PVS office in the Hawaii Maritime Center, or contact the PVS office: (808) 536-8405.

Updated Website & Hotline

PVS is proud to announce a new comprehensive website, with current and archival information on Hokule`a and her numerous voyages, including the upcoming voyages in 2007 Ku Holo Mau (“Sail On, Sail Always, Sail Forever”) to Micronesia, and Ku Holo La Komohana (“Sail On to the Western Sun”) to Japan.  We are also proud to announce a new hotline service.  This automated phone system will give daily/weekly updates on Hokule`a, to provide information on her status and location.  Mahalo nui loa to Dennis Kawaharada for resuming his position as webmaster, and to Ramona Ontiveros for activating and maintaining our new hotline.

If you wish to gather current information on any aspect of Hokule`a, her voyages, and/or educational prospects, visit the new website @

Hokualaka‘i Makes a Successful Splash!!!

During high tide on Thursday, September 7th, Hokualaka`i (the wa`a kaulua built for the `Aha Punana Leo Program in Hilo) was successfully launched back into the water after a summer of dry dock and maintenance.

A key component to her successful re-entry to the water was attributed to the brand new trailer designed and built by Uncle Jerry Ongies and Jeff Lansdown, as well as a handful of Hokualaka`i crew members and volunteers. On behalf of the Hokualaka`i crew, we would like to thank those who participated in Hokualaka`i’s dry dock & successful splash date.  And, we would like to extend a special “Mahalo” to Kevin Akana and Akana Trucking, for launching the canoe.

Hōkūalaka‘i Statistics

Voyage Update – Dry-dock

Mahalo nunui to the handful of volunteers who have joined us so far, in our efforts to prepare Hokule`a for Micronesia and Japan in 2007.  There is still much to do in an extremely short timeframe.  Hokule`a is scheduled to leave in early January.  We need as much kokua from our voyaging ‘ohana as possible.  Papa Mau has done a great service for our communities and our people, so please help us fulfill his simple request of Hokule’a guiding his canoe home to Satawal…  She will be in dry dock through the first week of November.  If you wish to assist with Hokule`a’s restoration and preparation for the voyage, or know of anyone interested in participating, please contact the PVS office: (808) 536-8405, or the new PVS hotline: (808) 537-3209 for more details.

Malama Wa‘a 2006

Polynesian Voyaging Society Membership

2007 is looming just beyond the horizon.  In order to reach our future destinations, PVS is asking each crew member to renew their annual membership, to financially support Hokule`a in her future endeavors.  Please kokua, and encourage your friends and family to join our extended ‘ohana, as well.