December 3, 2023

Say aloha as the standard Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is ready to reach on the Maritime Museum of San Diego on Wednesday afternoon as a part of a Pacific tour.

The go to – its arrival is anticipated at 4 p.m. – is a part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s four-year Moananuiākea Voyage, a circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean, and would be the final cease on the West Coast earlier than the canoe returns to Hawaiʻi, then resumes its voyage.

The cease in Hawaii was dictated by tragic circumstances – within the wake of the devastating fires on Maui, the Hōkūleʻa crew plans to be dwelling by late December.

However San Diego will provide an enormous welcome this week, because the double-hulled canoe and its crew can be led into the harbor by Kumeyaay Nation representatives and accompanied by dozens of outrigger canoes. The general public is invited to share within the welcome ceremony at Waterfront Park.

Whereas Hōkūleʻa is docked on the museum, crew members will maintain dockside canoe excursions and share classes concerning the canoe’s storied historical past, historical wayfinding and navigation and the mission to construct a collective motion to look after our oceans.

The free canoe excursions can be supplied Friday, from September 11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., and Nov. 13, from 1-4 p.m.

Even higher for the Maritime Museum, Hōkūleʻa arrives simply three days earlier than ceremonies honoring San Diego’s iconic Star of India and her a hundred and sixtieth birthday.

“We’re so excited that our festivities can embrace the Hawaiian canoe within the commemorative sail actions deliberate for November 11 and 12,” Raymond Ashley, president/CEO of the Maritime Museum 

The Star of India is the final ship nonetheless crusing that after flew the flag of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi – earlier than it turned a U.S. territory in 1898, and in the end a state. To honor Hōkūleʻa’s go to, Star of India will fly that flag as soon as once more.

Be aware: Photograph credit score, Hōkūleʻa, a standard Polynesian voyaging canoe. Photograph credit score: Jason Patterson/Oiwi TV