A legendary Hawaiian voyaging canoe visits Seattle

Seattle is one of 300+ ports the canoe will make on The Moananuiākea Voyage

Hōkūleʻa, double hulled voyaging canoe with a bright orange sail, sits on the water, backdropped by Kualoa

Hōkūleʻa is built in the ancient Hawaiian tradition of wa‘a kaulua (double hulled voyage canoe).

Photo by Naalehu Anthony courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society

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Hōkūle‘a — a traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe — is circumnavigating the entire Pacific Ocean. And it’s visiting Seattle from Aug. 26-30. Canoe believe it?

The voyage

In 1975, a voyaging canoe made in the Hawaiian Islands set sail, making it the first of its kind in 600 years. To celebrate that voyage’s upcoming 50th anniversary, Hōkūle‘a has embarked on a 47-month journey across 43,000 nautical miles.

The visit

Hōkūleʻa is expected to dock at Pier 62 in Elliot Bay on Saturday, Aug. 26, and you can join the Suquamish + Muckleshoot Indian tribes for a welcome ceremony around 10:30 a.m. Pro tip: Times are subject to change. Check the Polynesian Voyaging Society for updates.

In the following days, there will be more public events like canoe tours and educational activities. Plus a chance to meet the crew at Patagonia Seattle on Sunday, Aug. 27. RVSP online.

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