Waka Moana Farewell

Kaua’i bid a hui hou to seven South Pacific waka moana (voyaging canoes) at a pa’ina celebration July 11 in Hanalei. A potluck party for the crews and the community wrapped up a five-day stay for the voyagers, which kicked off with welcoming ceremonies July 6. The fleet is comprised of canoes from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tahiti and two Pan Pacific canoes, which will now head northeast to San Francisco before continuing the Te Mana o Te Moana voyage, which seeks to “renew ties to the sea and its life sustaining strength.”

Photos by Amanda C. Gregg

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