Hundreds of canoe paddlers, boaters and water enthusiasts greeted Hikianalia and its crew members outside Dana Point, Calif., Wednesday and, as is Hawaiian custom, Hikianalia crew chanted outside the breakwater at Dana Cove and requested permission to enter the port, according to a media release from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Members of the Acjachemen Nation welcomed the crew into port at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, PVS said.
During its weeklong stay in Dana Point, the Hikianalia will host crew presentations, screenings of Disney’s Moana, and dockside canoe tours, which will give the public an opportunity to learn about traditional Polynesian voyaging and PVS’s Alahula Kai o Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage mission.
Hikianalia is scheduled to depart Dana Point for San Diego on Tuesday, according to PVS. The crew will remain in San Diego for approximately two weeks before concluding the California tour. They plan to begin the return voyage to Hawaii on Nov. 15, weather permitting.