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  • Experience Hawaiian Voyaging Traditions At The 15th Annual Kualoa/Hakipu評 Canoe Fest!

Experience Hawaiian voyaging traditions at the 15th Annual Kualoa/Hakipu鈥榰 Canoe Fest!

Event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, rain or shine

O鈥楢HU -- 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 15th Annual Kualoa/Hakipu鈥榰 Canoe Festival!

This sea-faring event is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, near the park's Campground A. The event will launch with a commencement ceremony and oli (chant), with 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 ocean-goers 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. Food booths are also available on-site.

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

Mahalo to the many participating organizations taking part in this festival! Confirmed attendees include:

路 Puakea Foundation

路 Hakipu驶u Academy & the Hoe 驶Ohana

路 K膩neh奴n膩moku Voyaging Academy

路 Kamehameha Schools

路 K奴lani膩kea -- Ka驶ihekauila Sailing Canoe

路 Polynesian Voyaging Society

路 驶Uhane Hemolele Pi驶ikea

路 BYU L膩hui Wa驶a

路 N膩 Kama Kai -- K奴mau Sailing Canoe

路 Wounded Warriors & Navy Single Sailors

路 L膩hui o Ko驶olauloa

路 I Nui Ke Aho - Wanana Paoa Sailing Canoe

路 Punahou School -- Kamaola Sailing Canoe

路 Polynesian Cultural Center

As a result of the festival, Kualoa Regional Park Campground A will be closed for camping from Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11, 2024. Campground B will remain open, however campers should be aware that there will be a significant increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the park.

This will be the 15th 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 in 2022. The videos included in the virtual festival are still available online on DPR's YouTube Channel:

For over a decade, this festival has sought to highlight and continue Hawai鈥榠's oceangoing traditions, and is frequently blessed with a visit from the H艒k奴le驶a and numerous other voyaging organizations and their vessels, such as the K膩neh奴n膩moku. The event also serves as a birthday celebration for the H艒k奴le驶a, commemorating her initial launch from the sacred shores of Kualoa/Hakipu驶u in K膩ne驶ohe Bay, O驶ahu, on March 8, 1975.

We hope to see you 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 at least three business days before the scheduled event. Without sufficient advanced notice, it may not be possible to fulfill requests.


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