As part of the celebrations leading up to Sunday’s Na Wahine O Ke Kai canoe race from Moloka’i to O’ahu, Kaunakakai will shut down its main street Friday for an event to honor crewmembers preparing to join Hokule’a for the upcoming voyage from Samoa to New Zealand. The Ho’olaule’a will take over much of Kaunakaki, and be centered around the Moloka’i Public Library. Festivities are planned from 5 until 10 p.m. this Friday, September 19.
The Molokai Canoe Festivals Committee will recognize Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) crewmembers from Moloka’i preparing for the upcoming leg of the Worldwide Voyage. The crewmembers include Mel Paoa, Mahina Hou Ross, and Keoki Pescaia. The event will also honor the ongoing voyaging leadership of Penny Martin and other Molokai leaders who share a long history of reviving traditional navigation.
Kulaia is an important cultural tradition that connects Molokai to its aliʻi and kupuna. Kulaia allows for an opportunity to enlighten, embrace and share with those who visit Molokai about the values and resources that sustains and perpetuate Molokai’s unique cultural legacy.
For more information about PVS and the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+. For more information about Molokai Canoe Festivals,visit www.facebook.com/molokaicanoefestivals.