Hokulea, Hikianalia arrive in Hilo

Hokulea and Hikianalia in Hilo Harbor (Photo: Stella Taneda)

Hokulea and Hikianalia are now in Hilo.

The canoes pulled into Hilo Harbor early Tuesday morning after departing Honolulu on Saturday.

Crews were greeted with a special welcome ceremony filled with music, oli and prayer.

The canoes are scheduled to leave Hilo for Tahiti on the first international leg of their 47,000-mile Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage this Saturday, weather permitting.

They will visit 85 ports and 26 countries over the course of three years.

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