Maui’s own double-hull ocean voyaging canoe will launch on the Akua Moon, Friday, July 11th at Mala Wharf Boat Ramp in Lahaina. Beginning at Noon, cultural canoe launch protocols and festivities will lead up to hoʻolana launch at high tide, between 3:30 and 4:00 PM.
Follow updates on our Facebook event page.
View Press Release by Katherine Smith
Aloha mai kakou. A very rainy January have delayed crucial varnishing and lashing of Moʻokihaʻs superstructure, and make it impossible to launch before the important remediation of Mala Wharf. We are pushing our target launch date to the next full moon high tide in mid-May. This gives us about 100 days to get Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani ready for the water. We are grateful for the generous support and understanding of our grantors, sponsors, donors and volunteers as we prepare for this historic maiden voyage. Please visit 525 Front Street to see Moʻokiha and be a part of applying the final touches. We welcome all hands to help us finish Maui’s Voyaging Canoe.
We are excited to announce that on New Year’s Eve, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani inched her way into the sunlight. Starting 2014, we will we working on the canoe outside and encourage more volunteers to come and help up with the remained construction of Maui’s Own Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe. Please share our website with your friends and networks as we want the world to see what we are doing here on Maui.