Hawaiʻi’s Legendary Hōkūleʻa to Arrive in Marina Del Rey Next Week

The public is invited to witness a ceremonial welcome for traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa at Marina Del Rey’s Chace Park, the next stop on the canoe’s four-year Moananuiākea Voyage, a circumnavigation of the Pacific. In what promises to be a sight to behold, the double-hulled canoe and its crew will be escorted into the Marina by the Kizh Nation, a flotilla of outrigger paddling canoes and other water vessels. Hōkūleʻa and her crew will be docked at Marina Del Rey until October 30, for a series of engagements including dockside canoe tours for the public to learn about the canoe’s storied history, ancient wayfinding/navigation and the mission to build a collective movement to care for the oceans.

DATE: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 3:30 to 5:30pm

WHAT: Hōkūleʻa Water Welcome and Arrival Ceremony

LOCATION: Marina Del Rey, Chace Park

PROGRAM: 3:30pm – Water Welcome: Hōkūleʻa approaches the Marina and is escorted by Kizh Nation, outrigger paddling canoes and other water vessels

4:00pm – Hawaiian and Tribal Landing Protocols

4:30pm – Welcome Ceremony (remarks, ceremonial rituals and tributes to Hōkūleʻa and its crew:

  • Chairman Andy Salas and the Kizh Nation Tribal Council (Gabrieleño Band Of Mission Indians)
  • Lono Kollars, Hawaiian Community Association
  • Kumu Lilinoe Kaio, Hālau ʻo Lilinoe (traditional Hawaiian dance school)


Visit hokulea.com and @hokuleacrew on social media for the latest updates on events and the Moananuiākea Voyage

Hōkūleʻa Dockside Canoe Tours, Chace Park Dock

Come aboard the legendary Hōkūleʻa and meet the crew circumnavigating the Pacific on the Moananuiākea Voyage.

Thursday, October 26, 1-4pm

Friday, October 27, 1-4pm

Saturday, October 28, 9:30-11:30am and 1-5pm


An Evening With Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson

Loyola Marymount University, Life Sciences Auditorium

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 5:30pm

Event Registration Link (Suggested donation of $10)

Learn about the history of Hōkūleʻa by navigator and storyteller Nainoa Thompson, the first Native Hawaiian in 600 years to practice the ancient Polynesian art of navigation. He will share how the canoe reawakened a culture and language on the verge of extinction.


Hōkūleʻa Crew Talk Story at Patagonia Santa Monica

Friday, October 27, 6:30-8:30pm, 1345 3rd Street Prom, Santa Monica

Meet and talk story with Moananuiākea Voyage crew members at this evening presentation. RSVP at https://avoyageforearthsm.splashthat.com/.


Community Festival at Chace Park, Marina Del Rey

Saturday, October 28, 9am-4pm