Famed Hanalei Canoe Club participated in the Tahiti Fete fund raiser, Hanalei Beach and Bay, July 22, a big success. There were canoe races, on-beach kids (keiki) contests, food and beverages, music and a typical beautiful Hanalei sunny day. The Hanalei Canoe Club and others are active in raising money for the State canoe races and general costs. Among the sponsors were Tom and Donna Rice of Century 21 All Islands in Princeville, and many others. These uniquely Hawaiian festivals are well worth attending. Bring your beach chairs and sun lotion!
Another extraordinary epic of maritime genius, guts and glory, as seven Polynesian double-hulled sailing ships traversed the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand, two months at sea.
The sailing craft were modeled and sailed using ancient Polynesian navigation practices and without modern navigation instruments.
They are next bound for San Francisco. Their website is www.pacificvoyagers.org, and their story and progress can be followed online. Ultimately, they will sail for Rapa Nui, Marquesas, and Tahiti. These voyages began a few years ago with a single similar craft, which inspired a ground swell of amazement and keen interest.
Courtesy of The Garden Island, July 7, 2011