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Join the Hōkūle‘a and other wa‘a at the 14th Annual Kualoa/Hakipu‘u Canoe Fest!

Event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, rain or shine. Hōkūle‘a's attendance weather, safety permitting

O‘AHU -- Ocean-goers of all skill levels are once again invited to venture out to Kualoa Regional Park to experience the Polynesian voyaging tradition during the 14th Annual Kualoa/Hakipu‘u Canoe Festival!

This sea-faring event is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, near the park's Campground A. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with the activities and booths opening just after 11 a.m.

The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, along with numerous voyaging & educational organizations, are proud to organize this annual event. The event is free and open to the everyone of all ages. The public is invited to come and enjoy this immersive Hawaiian cultural experience which includes: a variety of paddling & sailing activities, educational booths, navigation lessons, and so much more.

Of the many event highlights, attendees can interact with numerous wa‘a (canoes) and their experienced crew from around the Hawaiian Islands, including the famed Hōkūle‘a, weather and safety conditions permitting.

Mahalo to the many partners and participating organizations taking part in this festival and the supporting events preceding it:

· Puakea Foundation

· ʻUhane Hemolele Piʻikea

· Hakipuʻu Academy & the Hoe ʻOhana

· Polynesian Voyaging Society -- Hōkūleʻa

· Kamehameha Schools

· Kūlaniākea -- Kaʻihekauila Sailing Canoe

· Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association

· Surfrider Foundation

· Wounded Warriors & Navy Single Sailors

· Lāhui o Koʻolauloa

· BYU Lāhui Waʻa

· Nā Kama Kai -- Kūmau Sailing Canoe

· Punahou School -- Kamaola Sailing Canoe

· I Nui Ke Aho -- Wanana Paoa Sailing Canoe

· Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy

· Mānaiakalani Sailing Canoe

· Kiakahi Sailing Canoe

· Hui o Waʻa Kaulua -- Moʻokiha Voyaging Canoe

· Kokua Kalihi Valley -- Hoʻoulu ʻĀina

As a result of the festival, Kualoa Regional Park Campground A will be closed for camping from Friday, March 3 through Monday, March 6. Campground B will remain open, however campers should be aware that there will be a significant increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

This will be the 14th year this cultural voyaging event has been offered to our island community, with the event cancelled due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a virtual canoe fest in 2021, and the return of an in-person event last year. The videos included in the virtual festival are still available online on DPR's YouTube Channel: bit.ly/DPRyoutube

For over a decade, this festival has sought to highlight and continue Hawai‘i's oceangoing traditions, and is frequently blessed with a visit from the Hōkūleʻa and numerous other voyaging organizations and their vessels, such as the Kānehūnāmoku. The event also serves as a birthday celebration for the Hōkūleʻa, commemorating her initial launch from the sacred shores of Kualoa/Hakipuʻu in Kāneʻohe Bay, Oʻahu, on March 8, 1975.

We hope to see you at Kualoa!

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email parks@honolulu.gov

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