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Polynesian voyaging canoes arrive in Hilo on Pacific expedition

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Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie SalazarBig Island Video News

Seven voyaging canoes arrived this weekend in Hilo Bay, just one of the stops on the “Te Mana O Te Moana,” or “The Spirit of the Sea,” expedition.

In crossing the Pacific from Aotearoa to Hawaii, the adventurers aim to sail in their ancestors’ wake and learn from their wisdom. Organizers said they also want to teach young people about the ancient bond with the sea.

The fleet left New Zealand in April and was welcomed by Big Island residents and dignitaries.

The canoes represent Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, New Aotearoa, New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

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Day/Month/Year
19/04/11 — 16/05/11 At sea: Auckland – Fakarava
17/05/11 — 20/05/11 On shore: Fakarava
21/05/11 — 27/05/11 At sea: Fakarava – Nuku Hiva
28/05/11 — 03/06/11 On shore: Nuku Hiva
04/06/11 — 16/06/11 At sea: Nuku Hiva – Hilo
16/06/11 Arrival
19/06/11 Official Welcoming at Hilo Bayfront Park
16/06/11 — 21/06/11 On shore: Hilo
21/06/11 — 22/06/11 At sea Hilo – Maui
22/06/11 — 23/06/11 On shore Maui
23/06/11 At sea Maui to Molokai
24/06/11 At sea Molokai to Ohau
24/06/11 — 06/07/11 On shore: Honolulu
06/07/11 — 07/07/11 At sea: Honolulu – Kauai
07/07/11 — 09/07/11 On shore: Kauai, Hanalei Bay
10/07/11 — 10/08/11 At sea: Kauai – San Francisco
10/08/11 — 14/08/11 On shore: San Francisco
14/08/11 — 16/08/11 At sea: San Francisco — Monterey
16/08/11 — 19/08/11 On shore: Monterey
19/08/11 — 26/08/11 At sea: Monterey – Santa Barbara — Los Angeles
26/08/11 — 29/08/11 On shore: Los Angeles
29/08/11 — 04/09/11 At sea: Los Angeles — Santa Catalina — Islands off San Diego — San Diego
04/09/11 On shore: San Diego
04/09/11 — 30/01/12 Winterizing and winter-break
After 30/01/12 The journey will continue via Cocos Islands, Galapagos Islands, Marquesas and Tahiti.

For more information on the voyage and the canoes, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or www.pacificvoyagers.org

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