People on Maui will have the opportunity to interact with Hikianalia crew members this weekend before the voyaging canoe leaves the island.
Several events will be hosted at Wahikuli Beach Park by Hawaii’s Ohana Waa (canoe family) collective, in partnership with Polynesian Voyaging Society as a way to give back to the community.
On Friday, Jan. 22, 5-8 p.m., there will be a ‘Talk Story’ session with the Maui Nui crew, led by two Maui-born legends: Snake Ah Hee, one of Hokulea’s original crew members, and Archie Kalepa, the first and currently only waterman from Maui inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame.
Then on Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., PVS, Ohana Waa, Polanui Hiu (The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council), Hawaii-based footwear company OluKai, and other local organizations will be hosting a day of education stations and activities.
There will also be a beach cleanup that morning, from 11 a.m. to noon.
All events are open to the public and do not require an RSVP.
“This is such an exciting time for us to bring Hikianalia and our crew to Maui, to share the inspiration of voyaging and the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, and learn from the Maui community the great things they are doing to care for our Island Earth,” said Miki Tomita, director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Learning Center. “We are honored and grateful for the hospitality, support and guidance of Ohana Waa and our community partners on all islands for helping to anchor and grow the movement and message here at home.”
Hikianalia, sister to the iconic traditional Hawaiian vessel Hokulea, will depart for Molokai as early as Sunday, Jan. 24.