Refurbished Hokule'a returning to the sea
During the drydock session, members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and dozens of volunteers cut out dry rot in the hull and performed other needed repairs.
"Hokule'a has a lot of history and mana for everyone in Hawai'i," said Bruce Blankenfeld, restoration project coordinator. "When the canoe sails, she is an inspiration to everyone in our Islands."
During the coming year, the canoe's navigators plan a voyage through the Hawaiian Islands, traveling often from the Big Island to Mokumanamana, also known as Necker.
A second voyage goes beyond the island chain, all the way to Kure Atoll, with scientists and satellite communications equipment on board to communicate with children in classrooms statewide.
To celebrate the completion of the restoration and to thank its hundreds of volunteers and supporters, the Polynesian Voyaging Society is staging an event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Marine Education & Training Center on Sand Island.
"E Ola Hokule'a Hokule'a Lives" will be open to the public and feature tours of the canoe, video and slide presentations of her voyages and storytelling sessions by crew members.