Hikianalia sails to Hilo for community outreach events


As legendary traditional sailing vessel Hokulea travels around the world, sister voyaging canoe Hikianalia is sailing to Hilo to take part in various community outreach events.

Between Feb. 15-25, weather-permitting, Hikianalia, Ohana Waa, and partner organizations will host several events, some of which will be open to the general public.

“It’s very important to PVS (Polynesian Voyaging Society) that Hikianalia continue engaging our local communities by offering opportunities for the public to interact with crew members and learn more about the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage,” stated Miki Tomita, director of PVS’ Learning Center. “As an organization, we’re always striving to ensure that the public, especially our islands’ schoolchildren, are engaged in the educational aspects of the voyage at home as well as abroad.”

A welcome ceremony in Palekai, Keaukaha will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, with the time to be determined. Local schools are invited to participate in the momentous occasion and will need to RSVP.

On Friday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Hawaii Island teachers and students will have the opportunity to take part in Hikianalia Education Day. Again, schools will need to make reservations to participate.

Hikianalia Community Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be at Suisan Pier, and all of the Hawaii Island community is invited. No reservations are required.

Imiloa Astronomy Center celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy the day by visiting the astronomy center for free, meeting PVS crew members, and learning more about Hikianalia, Hokulea and the Worldwide Voyage.Click here for more information and to participate in events.

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