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KAPALUA, MAUI, HI – August 7, 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be hosting a special, complimentary talk story presentation at 7pm on Saturday, August 19 with the original 1976 crew of the Hōkūleʻa.  Local residents, the community and visitors alike are invited to be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity to interact and ask questions of the crew members.  Listen as they tell their tales of their experiences en route and upon arrival to Tahiti, their daily life and responsibilities on board the canoe and much more.  In addition to learning what sailing on the legendary 1976 wa’a was like, attendees will discover what is next for the crew and what the future may hold for these voyaging pioneers.  In honor of this historic weekend, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua also announced special rates from August 18 – 21 for local residents to enjoy this very special celebration.

The Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail will give Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) an opportunity to thank Hawaiʻi’s people, bring Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia home to all of Hawaiʻi, share lessons learned from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and deepen the organization’s connection and understanding of the important work being done here in the islands to care for the earth. In addition, Mo’okiha O Pi’ilani, Maui’s voyaging canoe will also join Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia. During the port visits, PVS will engage with schools and organizations through outreach events, service projects, crew presentations and canoe tours.

Honolua Bay was chosen as the first stop on the Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail because it was the location where the Hōkūleʻa’s maiden voyage to Tahiti was launched in 1976. In partnership with the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, Inc. through the conservation department of the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, State of Hawaiʻi DLNR, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi and Kamehameha Schools Maui, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia crew members will be engaging with schools and the community in West Maui where they are scheduled to conduct presentations and canoe tours. On Saturday, August 19, crew members will join the community and participate in a project to plant 4,000 koa trees and thousands of other native plants in the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve ma kai conservation area. At one time, koa trees were used to make voyaging canoes, but today there are few of these native trees remaining which are large enough to do so.

To reserve the special room rate for this historic weekend, please visit http://bit.ly/Hokulea.  For more information on The Legends of 1976 experience, please call the hotel concierge at 808-665-7089.