Hawaii’s voyaging canoe Hokulea will spend the 4th of July docked in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

The canoe and her crew arrived from Martha’s Vineyard Friday, greeted by dozens of people, including members of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, who have been the state’s original inhabitants for more than 12,000 years.

“In this day and age, we know that it can be confusing about what is meaningful. But this is. This gathering, this togetherness is historical and we will speak of it for generations to come,” said Chief Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez, a 94-year-old elder of the Mashpee Wampanoag, during the arrival ceremony.

“We’re looking forward to the next few days learning about this sacred place and all the wonderful people and sharing that with others back home,” said canoe captain Bruce Blankenfeld.

The students of the Neekun School, a Wopanaak language immersion program, wrote and sang a song about Hokulea.

The crew attended the Mashpee Wampanoag’s 95th annual powwow on Saturday, a three-day event that includes an honoring of Hokulea. The Native American event is filled with traditional songs, dances, cultural ceremonies and other intertribal activities.

They will participate in community events on the Monday holiday, then depart Tuesday for New Bedford, before heading north to Boston, all part of Malama Honua, Hokulea’s voyage around the world.