Info on Hawaiian Canoes (or..Links to the Past)

Benton Kealii Pang (
Fri, 12 May 1995 09:34:48 GMT

Aloha mai e na `ohana holo moana!

The canoes have arrived at Kualoa and will me honored on Saturday, May
13th at Ke`ehi Lagoon, O`ahu, Hawai`i (see press release below). To keep
informed of what has happened up to this point and to follow the Hokule`a
and Hawai`iloa as they journey westward to the West Coast of North America
I have made the following list of links with information on the
Hawai`iloa, Hokule`a, and Makali`i (plus the five other Polynesian canoes
from Southern Polynesia).

*Polynesian Voyaging Society*
/Around Town
/Polynesian Voyaging Society

*Bishop Museum's KIDSAIL gopher*
/Other Gopher and Information Servers
/Links to Other Hawaii Gophers
/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
/Bishop Museum's KIDSAIL gopher

*Polynesian Voyaging Society*
Daily reports-

*Maps of Voyages via SOEST and Bishop Museum*

*Hawai`iloa Exhibit at Bishop Museum*

>From the Bishop Museum gopher...

May 9, 1995


CONTACT: Sheryl Toda
Tina Shaffer
Bishop Museum


Join Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Voyaging Society in
welcoming the arrival of the Hawaiian voyaging canoes, the crews and their
Polynesian counterparts, Saturday May 13 at Ke'ehi Lagoon. Traditional
ceremonies and festivities are planned throughout the day to celebrate
their successful return from the South Pacific and the new Polynesian
voyaging alliance. The public is invited to attend.

The sail into Ke'ehi Lagoon by the Hawai'iloa, Hokule'a and
Makali'i accompanied by the New Zealand canoe Te'Aurere, and Cook Island
canoes Takitumu and Te'au O Tonga, symbolically marks the end of the
remarkable three-month journey, Na 'Ohana Holo Moana (Voyaging Families
of the Vast Ocean).

Ceremonies, which begin at 8 a.m. with the sound of the pu (conch
shell) and pahu (drums), will include a procession of the crew members
representing each canoe, followed by speeches, songs and dances.

After the ceremonies, visitors will have the opportunity to meet
the crew members and view the canoes up close. The public is also invited
to bring ho'okupu (ceremonials gifts) such as leis, as an offering to the
crew members or canoes.

Top Hawaiian entertainment will be featured on two stages
beginning at noon. Among those scheduled to perform are Israel
Kamakawiwo'ole, Ka'au Krater Boys, Palani Vaughn, Chinky Mahoe's Halau,
Makaha Sons and the Cook Island Dancers.

There will also be educational programs, native craft
demonstrations, Hawaiian martial arts demonstrations, voyage-related
souvenir booths and food booths.

The Hawaiian canoes set sail Feb. 11 from Hawai'i to Tahiti, and
continued to the Marquesas Islands, accompanied by canoes from the Cook
Islands and New Zealand. Perhaps the most significant highlight of this
historic voyage to the South Pacific and back was the gathering of
Polynesian Canoes at the marae (ancient temple) of Taputapuatea and the
renewed unity among Polynesian people.

The Hawai'iloa voyaging canoe is a project of the Bishop Museum
Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program (NHCAP), in cooperation with the
Polynesian Voyaging Society. NHCAP is funded through a cooperative
agreement with the National Park Service. The Hokule'a voyaging canoe is
a project of the Hawai'i Maritime Center in cooperation with the
Polynesian Voyaging Society. The Makali'i was built by Na Kalai Va'a Moku
O Hawai'i and funded by the Big Island community and the Office of
Hawaiian Affairs.

For more information on the homecoming celebration, call Bishop
Museum at (808) 847-3511.

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E iho ana o luna
That which is above, shall be brought down
E pi€i ana o lalo
That which is below, shall rise up
E hui ana na moku
The islands will be united
E ku ana ka paia
To stand strong as the wall of our Nation

~18th century prophecy of Hawaiian sovereignty
--Kaula, Kapihe
Benton Kealii Pang
Botany Department _
University of Hawai`i at Manoa