In 2015, Hokule’a celebrated 40 years of voyaging. Launched from the sacred shores of Hawaii in 1975, she helped begin a new generation of renewal for Hawaii’s people. This month, Hokule’a returned home to Hawaii after circumnavigating the globe without the use of modern technology.


The voyaging canoes Hokule’a and Hikianalia anchored in Honolua Bay, Maui, where Hokule’a first launched for her maiden voyage in 1975. She now begins to mahalo and malama Hawaii with a planting on 4,000 koa seedlings as part of a series of events on Maui. The canoes will continue to approximately 40 additional ports and connect with nearly 80 communities through the Hawaiian Islands “Now that we have returned from our three-year voyage around the world, we are looking forward to reconnecting with and thanking the people of Hawaii,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “It’s also time now to discover and shine the light on what people and organizations are doing to turn inspiration into action for the betterment of our island home and the earth.