The iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to return from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to the Hawaiian Islands in June 2017. On June 17, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its crew members, including many from the University of Hawaiʻi ʻohana, will conclude the three-year sail around the globe and make an historic arrival at Oʻahu’s Magic Island after sailing nearly 40,000 nautical miles since departing Hawaiian waters on May 30, 2014. Themed Lei Kaʻapuni Honua, meaning “A Lei Around The World,” Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming celebration will include the following events:
- June 17, Arrival Ceremony and Celebration, Magic Island
Join thousands of Hōkūleʻa’s ʻohana at Magic Island, including families, students, educators, sustainability organizations, ocean conservationists, voyaging waʻa groups, community residents and visitors.
- June 18–20, Mālama Honua Fair and Summit and Hōkūleʻaa Canoe Tours, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
In celebration of Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming after voyaging around Island Earth, the Polynesian Voyaging Society invites the community to gather for a three-day summit to discuss mālama honua stories of hope inspired by the Worldwide Voyage and to develop sail plans for the future of Hawaiʻi and our planet. View summit details and sign up for canoe tours.
- June 17–25, World Youth Summit Reconnecting to Our Ancestral Roots to Build Sustainable Communities, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
In celebration of Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming after voyaging around Island Earth, youth leaders from around the world will join members of the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaiʻi, a UH student organization, for a three-day summit to discuss sail plans for the global 2030 sustainable development goals. The World Youth Congress theme is Reconnecting to Our Ancestral Roots to Build Sustainable Communities. It will run synergistically with the Mālama Honua Fair and Summit, will address many of the issues discussed at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, and is hosted by Peace Child International Hawaiʻi.
- June 19, Polynesian Voyaging Society Benefit Dinner, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
Themed Lei Kaʻapuni Honua, A Lei Around the World, this fundraiser is a celebration of Hōkūleʻa’s return benefiting the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s efforts to advance the Mālama Honua mission with activities that enrich our communities and build a sustainable future.
Registration and additional information about these Hōkūleʻa homecoming events can be found at the Hōkūleʻa website.