Legendary voyaging canoe visits Northwest Maritime Center

Please join the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Northwest Maritime Center in welcoming Hōkūleʻa to Port Townsend August 22-24.

Hōkūleʻa is a legendary voyaging canoe that revived the lost art of Polynesian voyaging and navigation and sparked a cultural renaissance in Hawaiʻi. This visit is part of its four-year, 43,000 mile Moananuiākea Voyage around the Pacific.

The canoe will arrive at the Northwest Maritime Center dock between noon and 3 p.m. on August 22 and will be welcomed by Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council member Dana Ward and Tribal elder Celeste Dybeck. Public tours of Hōkūleʻa will be available from 1-4 p.m. on August 23.

Hōkūleʻa has been sailing south from Southeast Alaska since the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) held its global launch of the Moananuiākea Voyage in Juneau, Alaska on June 15. The Moananuiākea Voyage, led by PVS, will cover an estimated 43,000 nautical miles around the Pacific, visiting 36 countries and archipelagoes, nearly 100 indigenous territories and more than 300 ports.

If you are not in Port Townsend next week, there are other chances to engage with Hōkūleʻa as it makes its way south to Seattle and Tacoma. More on their website.

Hōkūleʻa photo courtesy of Hawaii Magazine


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