Crew members talk story ahead of Hokulea’s return to Hawaii

As Hokulea continues to make her way home, some of her crew members gathered at Ward Village Wednesday night to talk story with the public.

Seven crew members were on hand to give the public a glimpse into life on board the legendary voyaging canoe, as well as the impact the historic voyage has had during its three-year journey.

“It’s hard to put into words what’s going through your head and your heart,” said crew member Jenna Ishii. “It’s been almost 10 years since we started in 2008 this crazy dream of going around the world, and I just can’t believe it’s almost done. Its gone by in just a flash.”

“Hokulea has carried on and revived a tradition that’s thousands of years old. It’s always been about change and discovery, and I can guarantee that we’re all committed to see that Hokulea continues to sail,” said crew member and panel moderator Eric Co.

The group represents just a handful of the many people who helped sail the canoe in its worldwide voyage.

Hokulea’s return on June 17 will be celebrated at Magic Island with a cultural welcoming ceremony. Tune into Hawaii’s CW (Oceanic 93) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a special weekend edition of Wake Up 2day as we cover her homecoming live from Ala Moana. A rebroadcast will air on KHON2 later that evening, from 6:30-10 p.m.

The Malama Honua Fair and Summit follows Hokulea’s return. The three-day event at the Hawaii Convention Center will highlight the voyaging, cultural, environmental, educational, and health and well-being missions of the Worldwide Voyage by sharing malama honua “stories of hope” and voyage-inspired initiatives and activities with the public.

Registration for these events is now open at

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