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November 20, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hawaiian sailing ship at sea
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The Rebirth of Polynesian Voyaging

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The many voyages of the Hokule‘a have inspired a revival of canoe building and voyaging throughout Polynesia. Meet a long-time crew member!

The double-hulled sailing canoes that brought the first Hawaiians to their island home had disappeared from earth for over 600 years, until the inaugural voyage of the Hokule?a in the 1970s revitalized that traditional culture. Our guest speaker, Jonathan Ching, is a longtime crew member.

This event is part of our program series "Reclaiming Tradition, Reclaiming Health," running from November 4 - December 19, 2019, and accompanied by the traveling exhibition "A Voyage to Health," produced by the National Library of Medicine. 

About Hokule‘a
On March 8, 1975, Hokule‘a, a performance-accurate deep sea voyaging canoe built in the tradition of ancient Hawaiian wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe), was launched from Hakipu‘u-Kualoa, in Kane‘ohe Bay on the island of O‘ahu. She was designed by artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane, one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. This launching was one of many events that marked a generation of renewal for Hawai‘i’s indigenous people. Along with the renewal of voyaging and navigation traditions came a renewal of Hawaiian language, dance, chant, and many other expressions of Hawaiian culture. The renewal represented a new-found respect and appreciation for Hawaiian culture, by all of Hawai’i’s people.For the Hawaiian people, it has meant that they once again have begun to feel proud of who they are, and where they come from.