Hōkūle'a Stop in Annapolis

The Hōkūle'a made a very brief stop in Annapolis on her way south. She arrived on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, and docked at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. She departed on Friday, Oct. 14. This was just a rest stop for the crew.

A steady stream of people came to see this one-of-a-kind vessel that carries with her eons of knowledge about ancient Polynesian navigation using only the wind, the waves, and the stars. As crew member Kaipo Kiaha explains it: "...sailing on Hōkūle'a is thousands of years of ancestral knowledge made tangible."

You can track the progress of her voyage at this link: http://www.hokulea.com/track-the-voyage/. The canoe is now in drydock at the Mariner's Museum in Virginia. After a few weeks of maintenance she will be on her way back down the East Coast, then through the Panama Canal and home.

One of the highlights of the Annapolis stop for the crew was the visit of Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo, a native Hawaiian, and his family. See the photos below.

Annapolis Green was delighted to have brought the Hōkūle'a and her environmental message to our town.

The canoe arrives at the Museum

The crew performed a Hawaiian chant upon arrival

Coach Ken Niumatalolo; his wife, Barbara; and daughter, Alexcia; with Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson and Annapolis Green's Elvia Thompson (no relation)

Hōkūle'a crewmember Nakua Konohia-Lind tastes an oyster shucked by Jim Ostrye. Refreshments were provided by the Museum and the Boatyard Bar & Grill.

Capt. Dave Gelenter and Al, crew of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's skipjack, Stanley Norman, with Hōkūle'a crewmember Manuel Mejia.

Hōkūle'a departs Annapolis. See more photos and follow her voyage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hokuleawwv

photos by Kenneth Tom


UPDATE: Visit Postponed

The much anticipated visit of the Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe, Hōkūle'a, originally scheduled for Oct. 9-12, has been postponed. The Hōkūle'a team has decided to play it safe and ride out the possibility of Hurricane Matthew making its way north. So, they will not be here on Oct. 9.

We understand that they must look out for the safety of the canoe and crew first. Hōkūle'a is, after all, a one-of-a-kind vessel and a national treasure. It makes sense to make a conservative call.

If it turns out that they will stop in Annapolis, even for a short time, the news will be posted here.


Hōkūle'a to Visit Annapolis

Legendary Hawaiian Canoe to Visit Annapolis on her Journey Home

After sailing the entire Eastern Seaboard from Florida to Nova Scotia during its latest legs,
Hōkūle'a will spread the message of "Mālama Honua"

mariners museum and parkThe Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia, a future stop of the Hōkūle'a on her return journey south, has just opened an exhibit to coincide with the canoe's arrival. In collaboration with Hawaiian educators, the Hōkūle'a crew and staff, and the Polynesian community, this new exhibition, "Polynesian Voyagers" is designed to evoke the feeling of what it is to be a voyager. The exhibition will run through June 11, 2017. Read more

The traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a will stop in Annapolis on her return journey home. She left Hawai'i in 2014 to embark on a historic Worldwide Voyage covering more than 100 ports and 27 nations to spread the message of coming together to care for Island Earth.

Hōkūle'a is a double-hull sailing vessel that voyages without the use of modern instruments, using stars, winds and waves to navigate from destination to destination. During this current leg, Hōkūle'a will spend some time in Annapolis where the crew is honoring local hosts in the region and teaching and learning about traditions and practices of protecting cultural, environmental and maritime resources. In partnership with Annapolis Green and the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the crew will conduct community and educational outreach programs, including public canoe tours (weather permitting) and presentations on wayfinding and navigation. Mālama Honua means caring for Island Earth. Scroll down for more about the canoe.

The schedule is subject to change, so please stay tuned to this website and www.hokulea.com for the latest information.

Hōkūle'a Annapolis Visit Tentative Schedule

Sunday, Oct. 9

noon - Welcome and Arrival Ceremony
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis

The public is invited to join the Annapolis community as they welcome Hōkūle'a. The canoe will dock at the Annapolis Maritime Museum with a ceremony and cross-cultural entertainment to follow at the Museum’s Beach.

As representatives of the native people of this area, the Piscataway Conoy Tribe will officially give its permission for the crew of the Hōkūle'a to come ashore.

Among participants in the welcoming ceremony will be dancers
and musicians of Hālau Nohona Hawai'i of Silver Spring.

The Eastport Oyster Boys will bring the flavor of the Chesapeake's
musical tradition to the event.


2-5 p.m. - Free Public Canoe Tours
Weather permitting, the public is welcome to come aboard the Hōkūle'a and meet the crewmembers who will share the legendary history of the canoe and mission of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Please stay tuned to www.hokulea.com or this website for the latest updates on canoe tours.

Monday, Oct. 10


Tuesday, Oct. 11

2-5 p.m. - Free Public Canoe Tours
Weather permitting, the public is welcome to come aboard the Hōkūle'a and meet the crewmembers who will share the legendary history of the canoe and mission of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Please stay tuned to www.hokulea.com or this website for the latest updates on canoe tours.

7 p.m. - Public Presentation by Hōkūle'a crewmembers
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Hōkūle'a crew will talk about the history of Hōkūle'a, the current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and Polynesian navigation.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Hōkūle'a Crew prepares for departure

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - School’s Out Oyster Education Program
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Run by Annapolis Maritime Museum education staff with participation by members of Hōkūle'a crew.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Hōkūle'a Departs for Yorktown


Voyage Details

Hōkūle'a is sailing the Earth’s oceans to visit and learn from those who are working to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Her crew spreads the message of Mālama Honua (caring for Island Earth) as part of a growing global movement for a more sustainable world. The stories exchanged among crewmembers and communities visited add to the collective wisdom shaping global lessons for the future health of our Island Earth, and the health of our people, lands and oceans. The Worldwide Voyage continues to spread its Mālama Honua message throughout the world as it continues on its return journey down the East Coast and through the Pacific toward home.

Annapolis Green is coordinating Hōkūle'a's visit to Maryland’s state capital as the Mālama Honua message – to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world – is one that fits our mission to connect, educate and motivate Greater Annapolis to protect the environment and beautify our surroundings for a strong and thriving way of life. Over the past 10 years Annapolis Green has educated the local population about environmental issues such as ocean debris and stormwater runoff.

For Hōkūle'a's most up-to-date US east coast schedule, visit www.hokulea.com/hokuleas-planned-east-coast-port-stops/.

To follow the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com/track-the-voyage .


About the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage presented by Hawaiian Airlines

✶ Hōkūle'a is the Hawaiian name for the star Arcturus (“Star of Gladness”).
✶ She was designed by artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kāne, one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
✶ She was the first traditional Polynesian double­hulled sailing canoe built in 600 years.

✶ Length: 62 feet; Beam: 20 feet
✶ Crew capacity: 12-­14
✶ First launch: March 8, 1975

Since her first launch from the sacred shores of Hakipu'u in Kualoa, Hawai'i. From her maiden voyage of Hawai'i to Tahiti in 1976 to the current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, she has sailed more than 150,000 nautical miles applying the traditional art of wayfinding – using the stars, winds, and waves as guides. Through her voyages, Hōkūle'a has sparked a reawakening of Hawaiian culture, language, identity and revitalized voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Hōkūle'a and her crew have been visited by world peace leaders, conservation leaders and celebrities including the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki­moon, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean ­Michele Cousteau, Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Sir Richard Branson, singer Jack Johnson, astronaut Lacy Veach, Roy Disney and others.

The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage will cover over 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations, including 12 of UNESCO's Marine World Heritage sites. Voyaging from Hawai'i in 2013 with an estimated sail conclusion date of June 2017, the Worldwide Voyage is taking the iconic sailing vessel, Hōkūle'a, around Island Earth and her sister canoe, Hikianalia, around the Hawaiian Islands to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The voyage seeks to engage all of Island Earth - practicing how to live sustainably while sharing Polynesian culture, learning from the past and from each other, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of the precious place we call home.

Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hōkūle'a has sailed more than 26,000 nautical miles and made stops in 14 countries and 70 ports, weaving a “Lei of Hope” around the world. Along the way, more than 200 volunteer crewmembers have helped to sail Hōkūle'a to spread the message of Mālama Honua (caring for Island Earth) by promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, as well as exchanging ideas with the countries she has visited. So far, crewmembers have connected with close to 100,000 people in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, U.S. Virgin Islands and Cuba. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage reached the East Coast of the United States in March 2016, stopping in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., New York City (where it celebrated World Oceans Day at the United Nations on June 8) and the New England states before sailing to Nova Scotia, the northernmost point on this Worldwide Voyage.

Learn more about Hōkūle'a and this historic voyage on video by clicking here.

For a midway recap of the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com/2015-worldwide-voyage-recap/.

About Hōkūle'a

A symbol of cultural revival, the history of Hōkūle'a is also being shared on this journey to inspire other indigenous cultures. This replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe was built 40 years ago and revitalized voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific. The canoe’s twin hulls allow her to handle large ocean swells and recover easily in the troughs of waves, and her triangular canvas sails can harness winds up to 20 knots. Hōkūle'a first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Through the revival of the traditional art and science of wayfinding–navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind–Hōkūle'a sparked a Hawaiian cultural renaissance and has reawakened the world’s sense of pride and strength as voyagers charting a course for our Island Earth.

About the Polynesian Voyaging Society

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another and their natural and cultural environments.

For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com or go to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.


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