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The Hōkūleʻa arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 9, 2016 as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. See video from the arrival and welcoming ceremony.

Wa'a Wednesday: Hōkūle'a reaches Boston

July 13, 2016

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Hōkūleʻa, currently on leg 21 of its historic worldwide voyage, continues to visit communities in the New England area. The canoe was greeted by representatives from the Massachusett Tribe and a large crowd of residents when she arrived in Boston at Fan Pier on Saturday, July 9.

The Boston welcome ceremony also included performances by a Boston hula hālau, Samoan dancers and Native American dancers and drummers.

Hōkūleʻa has spent the last four days in Boston, during which the crew has held public canoe tours, met with local Native American communities, schools and maritime groups.

Public events have included a Talk Story event hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in which Boston residents and visitors could meet the crew and learn more about Polynesian wayfinding, ocean protection and the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Prior to arriving in Boston, Hōkūleʻa spent three days in New Bedford, MA, where the crew conducted canoe tours and dockside activities. The canoe is scheduled to depart Boston on July 14, and then sail to Salem, MA. 

On, read some of the crew blogs from their interactions with native tribes on their travels in Massachusetts:

Kamehameha Schools is proud to be the Education Sponsor of the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage. For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit or find the society on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.

Massachusett Tribal member, Strong Medicine, gifts the crew decorated Turkey feathers as a symbol of the relationship formed here today.

Hōkūleʻa with the Boston skyline on the horizon.

An elder of the tribe gifts Hōkūleʻa captain Bruce Blankenfeld

Boston area hula hālau perform at the welcoming ceremony for Hōkūleʻa.

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