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H?k?le?a to Embark on Mahalo Hawai?i Tour

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Crews for the H?k?le?a and Hikianalia are preparing for another voyage – this time around the state.

Polynesian Voyaging Society
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The Polynesian Voyaging Society is planning a “Mahalo Hawai?i Sail” to thank Hawai?i's communities and share experiences and knowledge from the worldwide voyage.

The H?k?le?a returned to Hawai?i in June from its M?lama Honua voyage – a worldwide journey that took three years to complete.

Nainoa Thompson is the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a Master Navigator.

He says the state-wide tour is an opportunity to reconnect with the people of Hawai?i and to deliver a message.

Thompson says the tour will take some time and is the second, and most important, part of the M?lama Honua voyage. Adding the sail will have various outreach events at each stop and will teach the importance of sustainability and preserving natural resources.

Depending on conditions, the H?k?le?a and Hikianalia will leave Sand Island next Wednesday for Honolua Bay in West Maui.

Casey Harlow was an HPR reporter and occasionally filled in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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