The celebration showcased how much Aloha Spirit there is in Washington, D.C.
Hawai’i’s congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and congressman Mark Takai were also there to witness the arrival.
Chants, songs and dances were performed and gifts exchanged.
Hokule’a should reach Tangier by mid-morning Monday and will stay until Wednesday.
Hokule’a will be arriving in Washington, D.C. around May 18, then on to arrival in New York Harbor June 5.
The canoe left Honolua Bay, Maui, on May 1, 1976, to Tahiti.
The canoe will also be part of a new program reaching into classrooms.
Nainoa Thompson says late astronaut Lacy Veach actually planted the seed for Hokulea to sail around the world.
The crew plied through central Florida, 132 natutical miles on the manmade Okeechobee waterway.
Also on board at departure was JD Bowers, a first-time crew member and a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
The crew and Hokule’a are scheduled to depart Cuba for Key West, Florida on Tuesday.
They expect to make arrival in Havana, Cuba, in about a week, around March 20, weather-permitting.
The meeting was not to hobnob with the British billionaire owner of Virgin Atlantic, it was a meeting focused on our oceans.
It took the crew 17 days, or 2,200 miles, to reach their destination.
Hokulea and 12 crew members left Natal, Brazil, a little more than a week ago.
“Now we’re moving into familiar waters, we’re dealing with the tropics again which is where Hawaii is located,” said Hokulea captain Kalepa …
Between Feb. 15-25, weather-permitting, Hikianalia, Ohana Waa, and partner organizations will host several events, some of which will be ope…
This leg of the voyage from South Africa to Brazil began on Christmas Eve.
The voyaging canoe and her crew will depart for Natal, Brazil in a day or two.
Hokulea is expected to make landfall at the island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, around Friday.
The events will be held at Wahikuli Beach Park.
Like their sail from Africa to St. Helena, mother nature isn’t making this voyage easy.
The crew sighted St. Helena island after 16 days at sea and 1,200 miles of open ocean.
Hokulea navigators led a group of Malama Honua students on an excursion to Paiko Wildlife Sanctuary.