How do you get Hokulea into the Ala Wai?

Hokulea’s homecoming and celebrations may be behind us, but her job and the mission of Malama Honua march on. In fact, it was an eventful morning for Hokulea.

Just one day after completing her worldwide voyage, Hokulea had to travel her shortest leg into the Ala Wai Canal. Not an easy task.

Hokulea is now docked just outside the Hawaii Convention Center.

She has been in the Ala Wai before, but this is the first time the public will get a chance to tour the historical canoe.

A time-lapse video shows how crews prepared to move Hokulea from Magic Island to the Ala Wai Canal.

Dozens worked to slowly bring down the first mast and then the second mast followed not long after.

Nainoa Thompson said Hokulea was in the Ala Wai back in 2000.

“Moving the canoe into the Ala Wai 17 years later, it becomes the story of a changing world. We had to call the university and say give us the measurements. How much sea level rising has taken place in 17 years and it did,” Thompson explains.


Original published: 2017-06-19 04:00:00 Read the full Hawaii News here

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