Happy 40th Birthday to Hōkūleʻa, the Canoe That Revived a Culture

When Hōkūleʻa entered the water for the first time in Kualoa 40 years ago, it was the beginning of a sail plan that has spanned generations and taken us on a 150,000-nautical-mile journey to reconnect the Pacific Ocean family that shares a common history of voyaging and exploration. Here on our island home, Hōkūleʻa became part of a movement to revive Hawaiʻi’s culture, language, and way of life, which is now cherished around the world.

On March 8, 1975, below the peak of Kanehoalani (“Kane, Heavenly Companion”) and the broad cliffs of Mo’o Kapu o Haloa (“Sacred Section of Haloa”) at the north end of Kane’ohe Bay, Hōkūle’a was launched for the first time. The site in Kualoa Regional Park in windward O’ahu, at the border of the ahupua’a of Kualoa and Hakipu’u, was chosen for the launching because of its importance to the voyaging traditions of Hawai’i. (Photo courtesy Polynesian Voyaging Society)

Hōkūleʻa brings people together from all walks of life in a way that very few things can. There is something special about the human effort she represents. It brings together people of different ages, ethnic groups, geographies, and professions.

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