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The crewmembers of the solar- and wind-powered voyaging canoe Hikianalia were welcomed by members of the Acjachemen Nation and the Hula Halau Lani Ola in Dana Point Harbor with ceremonial dance and chanting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The Alahula Kai o Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage is a continuation of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s campaign to promote an environmentally and culturally enlightened world. The canoe departed Hawai’i in August and has since been making stops along the California coast. Hikianalia is the sister vessel of the famed Hokulea in Hawai’i. Hikianalia was launched in 2012 originally as an escort vessel. She’s now used as a classroom, helping her passengers explore marine resources and provide training for the next generation of voyagers. Hikianalia has a zero carbon footprint in accordance with the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to care for Mother Earth.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, the crew will offer Public Community Canoe Tours and Outreach Stations at Ocean Institute from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.Ocean-Institute.org or www.hokulea.com.