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Hōkūleʻa Homecoming: June 2017 OHA

Hōkūleʻa Homecoming

After voyaging our Island Earth and sharing the message of Mālama Honua we welcome home Hōkūleʻa!

Mālama Honua Fair and Summit, June 18 – 20

In celebration of Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming after voyaging around Island Earth, Polynesian Voyaging Society invites our local and global community members to gather for a three-day summit to discuss mālama honua stories of hope inspired by the Worldwide Voyage and devolop sail plans for the future of Hawaiʻi and our planet.

Sunday, June 18 – Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Educational Exhibits & Demonstrations

OHA will be hosting two booths at the Education Exhibits that will feature the following Native Hawaiian practitioners and their respective traditional practices:

  • Kanani Awai: Moʻolelo, Himeni, Himeni Ukulele, Palaʻie, Konane, Hu, Ohe pu, Ohe hanu ihu, Kaʻekeʻeke, Niʻau/Lau Niu weaving
  • Denise Koa: Lauhala weaving
  • Kealakahiki Paleka: ʻAwa

Mālama Honua Flyer: Dorothy Kanani Awai Mālama Honua Fair Flyer: Deniese Koa Mālama Honua Fair Flyer: Kealakahiki Paleka

To register or find more information about this event, visit www.hokulea.com.

OHA providing free parking in Kakaʻako Makai

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is now offering free parking in Kakaʻako Makai with shuttle service to Magic Island for the Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Ceremony on Saturday, June 17.

OHA is making available the makai end of the former Fisherman’s Wharf site for public parking. The lot will accommodate 300 cars.  Shuttle service to and from Magic Island will run every 15 to 20 minutes. Please see map of parking site below.

Aerial Photo of Kakaako Makai Parking Lot

Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Celebration Event Program

HōKūleʻa Homecoming Ceremony and Celebration Poster

Please visit www.hokulea.com/home for more detailed information.

OHA Providing Shuttles To Hōkūle‘a Homecoming Ceremony

Hōkūleʻa Homecoming - June 2017 - OHA

After successfully voyaging across Island Earth and sharing the message of Mālama Honua, Hōkūleʻa is returning home on Saturday, June 17. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is happy to offer some transportation options.

Shuttle locations will include:

  • Mā‘ili Community Learning Center (Mā‘ili)
  • Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (Kapolei)
  • Windward Community College (Kāne‘ohe)
  • Papakōlea Community Center (Papakōlea)

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Oʻahu Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Mele Workshops

Hokulea Mele

Come learn the mele that will be sung in unison as we welcome home Hōkūleʻa on Saturday, June 17 at Kālia, Oʻahu (Magic Island). Join OHA and our partners in preparing for the Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Ceremony by attending a free mele workshop. Workshops will be facilitated by Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu in collaboration with kumu from across Oʻahu. Let us stand together with our lāhui and offer our voices in unison as we welcome Hōkūleʻa home!

Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Nā Lama Kukui – Second Floor
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Room
560 N. Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Kapolei Heritage Center
Hosted by Kumu Tatiana Fox

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Māʻili Beach Park
87-021 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Papakōlea Community Center

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Nā Lama Kukui – Second Floor
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Room
560 N. Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Waialua Community Association Gym
66-434 Kamehameha Hwy, HI 96712

Contact Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at (808) 600-8186 for more information.

This workshop is sponsored through OHA’s Community Outreach Program’s I Mana Ka Lāhui program.

Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Broadcast Info

Photo: Hokulea on the Water

Hōkūleʻa: Homecoming is a celebration of Hōkūleʻa’s return to Hawaiʻi after her worldwide expedition. OHA is proud to sponsor KHON’s live broadcast and web stream making this historic event available to people across the pae ʻāina and around the world. On the morning of June 17, 2017, Ron Mizutani & Kathy Muneno will report LIVE from Magic Island. See below for a list of programming dedicated to the Hōkūleʻa: Homecoming.

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Hōkūleʻa Special prior to the start of the Worldwide Voyage on KHON2
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Live telecast of Hōkūleʻa arrival at Magic Island on KHON2
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Livestream on KHON2.com of Hōkūleʻa arrival at Magic Island
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Hōkūleʻa 30-minute special and Search Hawaiʻi 1-hour special on CW
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Rebroadcast of Hōkūleʻa arrival at Magic Island on KHON2

For updates on this event, visit www.hokulea.com.

Hōkūle‘a Homecoming Questions & Answers

Information provided by www.kanaeokana.net

Where will the Hōkūleʻa Homecoming event take place?

The Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Ceremony and Hoʻolauleʻa will occur at Kālia, Oʻahu in the area referred to as Magic Island.

What is the program of activities for the day?

Time Event
7:00 a.m. – ­ 9:00 a.m. Hawaiʻi and Pacific Voyaging Canoes arrive at Ala Wai Channel on the Waikīkī side of Magic Island
9:00 a.m. – ­ 10:00 a.m. Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia arrive at Ala Wai Channel on the Waikīkī side of Magic Island
10:00 a.m. – ­ 12:30 p.m. Homecoming Ceremony
 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break, lunch at leisure, Video presentation of voyage highlights
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Homecoming Hoʻolauleʻa

Will there be parts of the ceremony that all present will be welcomed to join?

ʻAe. Once Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia crew disembark and assemble on land at about 9:45, please listen for the initial kāhea (call) by a crew member and join in on Auē Ua Hiti Ē (twice: once for each of the waʻa) followed by Ia Waʻa Nui. Later during the formal Homecoming Ceremony all will be invited to join in two other mele, Mālama Honua Welo i ka Niʻo and Hawaiʻi’s Pride.

You can learn these mele online at www.kanaeokana.net/hokuleahomecoming

What will be happening in the large tent that will be set up at Magic Island?

The formal ceremony will take place in a large tent where guests will be seated for the first part of the day, by invitation. Following the ceremony, most of the chairs will be cleared away to allow the general public to enter and enjoy the afternoon Hoʻolauleʻa entertainment. However, the entire day’s programming will be shown on a large screen outside the tent so that all in attendance can enjoy and participate in the celebration.

Will hoʻokupu be received?

From 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (during the Hoʻolauleʻa), hoʻokupu (lei, mele, makana, etc.) will be formally received at a tent located near Hōkūleʻa.

What parking options are there?

Parking at Ala Moana Beach Park will be extremely limited. If carpooling or catching the bus is not feasible, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) has arranged for free shuttles to take people to Magic Island from the locations below, every 15 mins.

Location Pick­up start time Pick­up/Drop off Spot Parking Cost
Hawaiʻi Convention Center 7:00 am In front of Convention Center, Street Level $10
McKinley High School 7:00 am Shuttle stop at Pensacola Street Free

Shuttles back to the two off­site parking areas will be available every 15 minutes starting at 12:30 p.m. and running until 7 p.m.

Will handicap parking be available at Magic Island?

Limited handicap parking at Magic Island will be available. Vehicles must have a handicap placard­ in the car along with an ID to gain access to the parking. These requirements will be strictly enforced.

When can people start setting up at Magic Island Beach Park?

The park closes nightly from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. After 4:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, June 17, ʻohana and hui can start setting up hāliʻi (mats) and noho (chairs).

Where are the best spots from which to view the activities?

Because it will be difficult for everyone to see what is happening near the canoes and in the ceremonial areas, there will be a jumbo screen projecting the view from key vantage points. If you can see the jumbo screen, you’ll be able to witness the heart of the activities.

Are there any limitations regarding park use during this special event?

ʻAe. Because of the large number of people expected, normal park use will not be possible. Pop­up tents will only be allowed in designated areas around the perimeter of Magic Island in order for people to see the jumbo screen from throughout the park. Barbecues and open fires will also not be allowed.

Will there be food vendors at the event?

ʻAe. These vendors will be at the celebration:

  • Ahi Ambassadors
  • Da Spot
  • Hale Kealoha ʻAipono
  • Il Gelato
  • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Hawaiian Plate and Mix Plate
  • Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
  • Waimānalo Farms

Will drinking water be available?

ʻAe. People are encouraged to bring water bottles that can be refilled at filtered water stations provided by Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation.

Will Hōkūleʻa memorabilia be available for sale?

ʻAe. Polynesian Voyaging Society commemorative t­-shirts will be available for sale.


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