Event will Raise Funds to Refurbish Historic Canoe

 HONOLULU — Bishop Museum and The Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa are pleased to present Restore-Re-launch Hawai‘iloa, a celebratory fundraiser to help restore and re-launch the Hawai‘iloa, Hawai‘i’s only double-hulled canoe constructed entirely of traditional materials. The event will be held on Sunday, June 26, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the Bishop Museum.

The event features four Kumu Hula and their hālau, who will present hula kahiko and hula ‘auana for a one-of-a-kind hula celebration. Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva with Halau Mohala ‘Ilima will be joined by Maelia Loebenstein Carter and Ka Pa Hula o Kauanoe o Wa ‘ ahila; Michael Pili Pang and Hālau Hula Ka No ‘ eau; and Vicky Holt Takamine and Pua Ali ‘ i ‘Ilima. The hālau will perform in small groups and en masse as part of the fundraising efforts.

Guests can also enjoy a variety of interactive activities that include a special lecture and interactive Pacific navigation activity with Chad Baybayan, the Navigator in Residence at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. The Celestial Navigation program begins at 3:30 p.m. and requires separate entry. The crew of the Hokule‘a will also be re-lashing parts of the Hawai‘iloa, and invite guests to touch, feel and try their hand at this ancient craft.

The Hawaiiloa was launched in 1993 and voyaged 6,000 miles to Tahiti, French Polynesia and the Marquesas before returning to Hawai‘i. Over the years, weather and exposure took a toll on

the canoe, so it was disassembled and stored in pieces. However, as the Hokule ‘ a prepares to embark on a four-year journey around the globe, The Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa are now fundraising to complete the restoration of and re-launch the Hawai ‘ iloa in time for the Hokule ‘ a’s departure. The canoe will serve as a touchstone for the Hawaiian Islands during the Hokule ‘ a’s voyage.

Admission to the Restore-Re-launch Hawai‘iloa fundraiser is $20 for non-members and $15 for Bishop Museum members. Admission to the Celestial Navigation program and the main event is $35 for non-members and $30 for Bishop Museum members. Tickets can be purchased online at or at Bishop Museum’s box office. The box office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the day of the event for last-minute ticket sales.


About Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 340,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. For more information, please call 808.847.3511 or visit


About The Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa

The Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded to perpetuate the skills of traditional Hawaiian canoe building and restoration. Original founding member Wright Bowman, Jr. was instrumental in the original construction of the Hawai’iloa. For more information about the Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa, the restoration project, volunteer opportunities and to provide support, visit:

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