Ventura Harbor/Channel Islands Harbor/ Channel Islands National Park – Free dockside canoe tours and crew presentations open to the public, Oct. 6-13.

HONOLULU, September 28, 2018 – After a 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaiʻi to California using traditional non-instrument navigation, solar and wind-powered Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew will sail into Ventura County Coast on Oct. 6, and will make stops in Ventura Harbor (Oct. 6-10), Channel Islands Harbor (Oct. 10-14) and the Channel Islands National Park – Santa Cruz Island (Oct. 14-16) (weather-permitting). The canoe made its first landfall at Half Moon Bay on Sept. 10, 2018, and held the first of its public engagements along the California coast in San Francisco on Sept. 16. During the stops in Ventura County, the crew will host a crew presentation and dockside canoe tours, which will give the public an opportunity to learn about traditional Polynesian voyaging and the mission of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Alahula Kai o Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage. See tentative schedule below:

Ventura County Public Engagement Schedule (weather permitting):

Ventura Harbor Visit

Saturday, October 6

2 pm – 3 pm        Welcome Ceremony at Ventura Harbor Village:
                              Chumash Welcome by Julie Tumait-Stensile

                              Featuring traditional Hawaiian Performances by: Halau Hula O
                              Pualanina‘auali‘ioha, Kumu Rona Koe (Camarillo) /Hula Hālau O
                              Puananiha`aheo,  Kumu Sylvia Puananiha`aheo Edgar (Ventura)

Sunday, October 7

10 am – 4 pm        Dockside Canoe Tours at Ventura Harbor Village

Noon- 3 pm           Traditional Hawaiian Performance: Lorien Sanders & Da Band at Ventura
                                Harbor Village

6-7:30 pm               Crew Presentation at Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands Harbor Visit

Wednesday, October 10

4 pm                         Welcome Ceremony at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Friday, October 12

6-8 pm                      Crew Presentation, Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Saturday, October 13

10 am – 4 pm           Dockside Canoe Tours, Channel Islands Maritime Museum

After the one-week stop in Ventura County Coast, Hikianalia is scheduled to depart for Santa Cruz Island, one of the five islands which comprises the beautiful Channel Islands National Park. Below is a tentative port schedule for the California Voyage. Please check for the latest updates:

Tentative Hikianalia Port Schedule (subject to change)

  • Ventura Harbor/ Ventura Harbor Village – Oct. 6-10
  • Channel Islands Harbor – Oct. 10-14
  • Channel Islands National Park, Santa Cruz Island – Oct. 14-16
  • King Harbor (Los Angeles) – Oct. 17-22
  • Dana Point – Oct. 23-30
  • San Diego – Oct. 30-Nov. 5

The Alahula Kai o Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage is a continuation of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Malama Honua campaign to inspire action toward an environmentally and culturally thriving world. The name of the voyage, Alahula Kai o Maleka, honors the “frequented pathway,” alahula, across the ocean between Hawaiʻi and California, kai o Maleka. Kai o Maleka, literally means “sea of America,” a traditional reference to the Pacific waterway connecting the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast. Additional purposes of the voyage are to celebrate the Polynesian communities of California; connect, learn and share the Malama Honua message with schools and communities; continue developing the next generation of voyaging captains, navigators and crewmembers; and to share the story of Hikianalia, a canoe that blends ancient wisdom and modern solutions to address the environmental and cultural issues of today.

Because the West Coast of the United States was not part of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and crew are looking forward to engaging with the California communities. While Hikanalia is sailing to California, Hokuleʻa will remain in the Hawaiian Islands to complete the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail.

About Hikanalia

Hikianalia, the wind- and solar-powered canoe built by the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea is the sister vessel of the famed Hokuleʻa. Hikianalia is the Hawaiian name for the star Spica, which rises together with Hokuleʻa (Arcturus) in Hawaiʻi. They are sister stars because they break the horizon together at the latitude of the Hawaiian islands. Launched on Sept. 15, 2012, Hikianalia was designed specifically for the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The canoe started as an escort vessel to Hokuleʻa and is now used as a floating classroom blending ancient wisdom with modern solutions. Hikianalia specializes in scientific exploration of marine resources and training for the next generation of voyagers. Values and behavior practiced on the deck of the canoe including how to conserve resources, care for our oceans and fellow crewmembers are shared as a model for how we can live sustainably on islands or anywhere in the world. She combines the latest ecological technology with the heritage of voyaging tradition: each of her hulls contains an electric motor powered by onboard photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight to electric propulsive energy. With a zero carbon footprint, her design supports the “Malama Honua” (care for Island Earth) mission.

Click here for California Voyage Fact Sheet

Click here for an overview video of Hikianalia

Click here for fact sheet, file photos and b-roll of Hikianalia

Meaning of Voyage Name: Alahula Kai o Maleka

Alahula Kai o Maleka honors the “frequented pathway,” alahula, across the “ocean between Hawaiʻi and California,” kai o Maleka, over the past 150 years. Kai o Maleka, literally “sea of America,” is a traditional reference to the Pacific waterway connecting the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast. Whether for school, to visit family, to work, to settle, or to simply find a new life, this ocean path to the American coastal gateway has been well traveled for generations. Since the turn of the 20th century, telegraph, telephone and fiber optic cables have crossed this waterway to enable two-way communication between Hawaiʻi, the continental U.S., and the entire world. And for over three-quarters of a century, this familiar path has been traversed conveniently by air eventually replacing oceanic transport. It is also within this kai o Maleka that we stumble into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the plastic archipelago of synthetic waste products from modern human activity.

Alahula refers to any path that is well known and well-travelled, a familiar route that is time-honored and revered. Dreams, fears, love, money, knowledge, ambition, politics – all of these have lured people back and forth along the kai o Maleka waterway. Visitors travel this path. Ideas are exchanged across this path. Hostility and hope have taken this path. Whatever reasons we have for traveling this alahula, feelings for Hawaiʻi always tug at our heart. Inevitably we find ourselves returning along this sea road from the West Coast, and back to our beautiful island home – whether in person or in spirit.

As we seek permission from California’s First Peoples to enter their ancestral lands, we acknowledge an indigenous kinship, and strive for spiritual oneness between the sacred environment and its caretakers, humankind.

We dedicate this sail to all of the vibrant California-based communities of Hawaiʻi islanders who have represented the heart and soul of Hawaiʻi for over 150 years. We also celebrate the many island-continent relationships that reflect a shared vision for a sustainable Island Earth, a thriving future for our children, and a global consciousness towards human kindness. This sail in the fall of 2018 is critical as we develop younger generation leadership and prepare for an unprecedented trans-Pacific voyage in 2020. For now, we invite you to join us on this exciting West Coast journey: Alahula Kai o Maleka – Hikianalia California Voyage.

About Polynesian Voyaging Society

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another, and their natural and cultural environments. For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Source: Polynesian Voyaging Society

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