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Polynesian Voyaging Society Presents


An Event to Celebrate the Return of Hokule'a


After spending more than a year in dry dock undergoing extensive restoration work, the voyaging canoe Hokule’a will be ready to sail again in late January 2003. The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) is hosting E Ola Hokule’a – Hokule’a Lives to celebrate the successful completion of the restoration and to thank the hundreds of volunteers and supporters that made this possible. The daylong event is planned for:
    Sunday, January 19, 2003
    from 10:00a.m to 5:00p.m.
    at the Marine Education & Training Center on Sand Island, and
    admission is free to the public


On this day, the community and people of Hawai’i will once again reunite with the beloved Hokule’a, a State Treasure of Hawai’i. Visitors will enjoy a relaxing day of local style entertainment, delicious food, exciting storytelling, and educational activities. There will be tours of Hokule’a led by PVS crewmembers throughout the day, video presentations and slides of past voyages, and storytelling sessions featuring PVS crewmembers who sailed on Hokule’a during her maiden voyages. Drawings will be held all day, giving visitors attending the event a chance to win fabulous prizes, including future guest sails on Hokule’a.


E Ola Hokule’a – Hokule’a Lives is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Hawai’i to experience an up-close and personal encounter with the treasured Hokule’a and her crew. This event reaches out to everyone, our keiki and kupuna, as a fun, entertaining and educational experience,” said the Executive Director of PVS, Pat Duarte.

The event will feature the Navigating Change program, which focuses on raising awareness and motivating people to change attitudes and behaviors to better care for our islands and our ocean resources. Several partnering agencies in this program, including the Bishop Museum, Polynesian Voyaging Society, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Department of Land & Natural Resources, NOAA NWHI Reserve, Ocean Learning Academy, State Department of Education, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and University of Hawai’i Center for Hawaiian Studies will have booths to present educational materials highlighting their involvement and role in the Navigating Change program.


Visitors to the event will enjoy presentations on the remote and pristine Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), providing a glimpse of a thriving ecosystem which once inhabited the main Hawaiian Islands.  As an important component of the Navigating Change program, PVS will sail Hokule’a to the NWHI in 2003.

For more information, please call the PVS office at 536-8405.

This event is also listed on the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau Calendar of Events website at http://calendar.gohawaii.com