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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Refurbished voyaging canoe returns to Pokai Bay

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Crew members paddle the E Ala ashore at Pokai Bay today as hundreds turned out in Waianae to welcome home the inter-island voyaging canoe.

RICHARD AMBO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Hundreds turned out at Pokai Bay in Waianae this morning to welcome home the E Ala, an inter-island voyaging canoe.

The canoe was built at and launched from Pokai Bay in June 1982.

It sat idle for much of the past decade on Sand Island.

Plans now call for the refurbished E Ala to be used as a floating classroom for Waianae Coast students in hopes it will help spark an interest in Hawaii's seafaring legacy.