It’s chilly in Massachusetts, but Bostonians are giving Hawaii’s voyaging canoe Hokulea a very warm welcome.
Hokulea sailed into Boston Harbor at about 5 a.m. local time as hundreds stood dockside to greet her and the crew, including Hawaii transplants and members of the Native American Massachusett tribe.
“It is such a great feeling to see everyone come together as one community, that is the gift that you have given us,” said arrival coordinator Devynne Fuga.
“He aloha e he alo, face to face, ika ha ika ha, breath to breath, and we can share these stories with the people back home,” said apprentice navigator Kaleo Wong during the welcoming ceremony.
Hokulea is scheduled to be in Boston for four days.
Crewmembers will be meeting with schools, maritime groups and the native community, and on Monday night, the public is invited to a talk story event hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design talking about wayfinding, the voyage around the world and ocean protection.
Hokulea is scheduled to leave for Salem, Massachusetts on Thursday.