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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         February 25, 2013




(Mon., Feb. 25, 2013) — The City Department of Parks and Recreation’s Kualoa Regional Park is hosting its fourth annual Kualoa/Hakipu`u Canoe Festival on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place at Kualoa Regional Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Highway, Campground A.


            The festival is aimed at capturing the historic and ancient traditions of canoeing, dating back to the Polynesian voyaging era.  It is designed to educate and stir the imaginations of those interested in the original settlers of Hawaii.


            The program will showcase Bobby Puakea, a master canoe builder repairing a canoe; a paddle maker, educational booths, and a variety of sailing vessels.  Rides will be offered to the public on the sailing canoe and double-hull canoe. Various organizations will be in attendance including The Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaii Sailing Canoe Association, and  Hui Malama O Ke Kai.  The educational voyaging canoe, Kanehunamoku, and charter schools Halau Ku Mana and Hakipu’u Learning Center, will host educational booths to share the knowledge of voyaging through various hands-on activities. 


            Kualoa Beach Park, which literally means “long ancestral background,” is considered a sacred area.  In 1975, it served as the launching site for the Hokule`a voyaging canoe—the touchstone for rekindling Hawaiian heritage and pride in Polynesian seamanship.


            This event is open to public and is free.   On-site registration is required to ride on the canoes.  Food will be available to purchase.  Come and enjoy the day at Kualoa Regional Park.





Media contact: Iris Fukunaga, Kualoa Regional Park Manager, 237-8525