Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa to sail past West Seattle on Saturday and Wednesday

That video is about the current voyage of Hōkūleʻa, a 49-year-old replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe that’s been traveling the world for decades and is due to arrive in Seattle on Saturday. If you’re looking out at Elliott Bay on Saturday morning, you might see it on the way in, so we’re publishing this heads-up. From the announcement:

Seattle’s Tribal Nations, Native Hawaiian residents, city officials and community members are planning a special welcome for Hōkūleʻa and her crew as the Polynesian voyaging canoe sails from Suquamish and enters Elliott Bay at approximately 8:00 am on Saturday, August 26. Tribal Nations protocol will open the way for a flotilla of outrigger paddling canoes, the City’s fire boat, and other vessels that are planning to give Hōkūleʻa a water welcome before escorting the canoe toward the Seattle Waterfront.

If you go downtown, you’ll have the chance to tour Hōkūleʻa between 1 and 4:30 pm on Saturday. It’s the first day of a four-day visit; the voyaging canoe is scheduled to move to Bell Harbor Marina (2203 Alaskan Way) for 1-3 pm tour opportunities Sunday and Monday – hokulea.com will have updates. On Wednesday (August 30th), Hōkūleʻa and crew will head past West Seattle again, including the west-facing shores, journeying to Tacoma for a noon arrival there. Their current voyage is described as a “four-year circumnavigation of the Pacific” that started up in Juneau on June 15. They expect to “cover an estimated 43,000 nautical miles around the Pacific, visiting 36 countries and archipelagoes, nearly 100 indigenous territories, and more than 300 ports … to ignite a movement of 10 million ‘planetary navigators’ by developing young leaders and engaging communities around the world to take part in navigating earth toward a healthy, thriving future.”

3 Replies to "Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa to sail past West Seattle on Saturday and Wednesday"

  • AK August 24, 2023 (10:12 pm)

    An original sailing member of the  Hōkūleʻa sailing team Abraham “Snake” Ah Hee, as well as his son Mau Ah Hee (& others) have lost their homes in the recent tragedy in Maui. Mau had shown incredible kindness, patience and shared his love of the the water with our family a few years prior. Just want to sharing these small streams of support to anyone who may be looking… https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-heal-lahainahttps://www.gofundme.com/f/mau-and-ariel-ah-hee-lahaina-fire-rebuild

  • HS August 25, 2023 (9:07 am)

    What a great video. Thank you for reporting this as I was unaware. 

  • M.S. Ohana August 25, 2023 (1:21 pm)

    Thanks for boosting this! It is a truly incredible and inspirational crew of wayfinders. I’m a proud member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and our keiki were lucky to tour the Hokulea during the Honolulu homecoming in June 2017. Glad to welcome the crew now that we live in Seattle. We also attended a talk story with Nainoa Thompson and crew at the Bishop museum and definitely recommend attending this similar event at the Burke museum on Tue, August 29. https://hokulea.com/scheduled-event/presentation-by-pwo-navigator-nainoa-thompson-at-burke-museum/

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