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Hokule‘a returns after journey

A welcome home ceremony for the Hokule'a was held at the Marine Education Center on Thursday. The voyaging canoe returned after a six-month and 2,800-mile journey covering the west coast from Alaska to Southern California with 43 port stops.
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Cew members performi a ha'a with staff and preschoolers from the Hawaiian immersion school Kulaniakea during Thursday's ceremony.
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Preschoolers from the Hawaiian immersion school Kulaniakea in Kaneohe present maile lei to crew member Jonah Apo during the ceremony. Pictured standing at right with the keiki is Kaula Robins.
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Crew members and supporters hold hands and sing "Hawaii Aloha" at the ceremony’s commencement.
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Preschoolers from the Hawaiian immersion school Kulaniakeaa are assisted off the Hokule'a after participating in the ceremony and visiting the wa'a (canoe).
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2023 DECEMBER 7 CTY HOKULEA HSA PHOTO BY CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM A welcome home ceremony for the Hokule'a was held at the Marine Education Center on Thursday, December 7, 2023. The voyaging canoe returned from Long Beach, California on board a Matson cargo ship, after a six month and 2,800 miles journey covering the west coast from Alaska to Southern California with 43 port stops The journey was part of the Moanauiakea Voyage with the Hokule'a and its crew returning to Hawaii to because of the August 8, 2023 fires which destroyed Lahaina town in Maui. Pictured reciting an oli are [preschoolers from the Hawaiian immersion school Kulaniakea in Kaneohe. At center is Awa Ma'a.
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Blessing the vessel with water is kahu pikai Kaleo Trinidad.
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Jonah Apo pours awa onto the Hokule'a to nourish the vessel after its long journey.
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Navigator Bruce Blankenfeld hands a bowl of awa to Hokule'a crew member Jonah Apo during the awa ceremony.
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Speaking at the cermony is Hokule'a navigator Bruce Blakenfeld.

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