Hokulea gets warm welcome at chilly Boston Harbor

Video still courtesy: Polynesian Voyaging Society/Oiwi TV

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.

Video still courtesy Polynesian Voyaging Society/Oiwi TV
Video still courtesy Polynesian Voyaging Society/Oiwi TV

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s