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CANCELED: An Evening with Wayfinder and Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson

  • City College of San Francisco 808 Kearny Street San Francisco, CA, 94108 United States (map)

CANCELLATION MESSAGE: Postponed: Nainoa Thompson Event 5/29

Aloha Friends,

We just received word that Nainoa Thompson is unable to join us this Tuesday, May 29th, as planned. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, but look forward to welcoming him to San Francisco at a later date. We are working to reschedule this event with the Polynesian Voyaging Society who sent us this statement today.  

We regret to report that Nainoa Thompson has been diagnosed with a respiratory infection resulting from the flu. Per his doctor’s orders, he will be unable to travel to San Francisco for the event at City College on Tuesday 5/29 and the Five Star Aloha Gala on Wednesday 5/30. Due to the current condition of his health, we will need to cancel Tuesday’s presentation and postpone the event for a later date once Nainoa has made a healthy recovery. Wednesday’s gala will continue as scheduled.

“I am deeply sorry that I will not be able to travel to San Francisco for the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California's events. I am so honored that HCCNC is recognizing the work of Hōkūleʻa and I was really looking forward to accepting this honor on behalf of all of our crew and the thousands of supporters that allow us to sail,” said Thompson.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding."

-- Polynesian Voyaging Society

As mentioned, Wednesdayʻs Five Star Aloha Gala will continue as planned with representatives from the Polynesian Voyaging Society attending and accepting honors on behalf of Nainoa Thompson. 

For the speaking engagement on 5/29, full refunds will be issued through Eventbrite for all paid tickets. You will receive an email within the next 1-2 days to confirm your refund has been issued. At that point, it may take 5-7 banking days for your funds to be available for use. Because the Five Star Aloha Gala is a fundraiser and will take place as planned, no refunds for the event on 5/30 will be issued.

We will keep all your email addresses on hand and be sure to notify you as soon as we secure a new date and time for this event.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

Thank you again for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Jaclyn Funasaki, President, HCCNC


Original Event Posting:

The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California is pleased to announce renowned navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson will be making a rare appearance in San Francisco to speak about the 40 year journey of rediscovering oceanic celestial navigation and how it has ignited a community of leaders, empowered our youth, and created a world-wide movement of global sustainability to preserve our planet Earth for generations to come.

The Hōkūle‘a, a historic traditional double-hulled canoe first launched in 1975, has sailed over 150,000 nautical miles over the past four decades, reuniting the people of the Pacific, and bringing a sense of pride and responsibility to island people.

For many, Hōkūle‘a represents the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian culture, and a way to highlight stories of hope from various cities and countries across the globe. Hōkūle‘a’s master navigators practice the ancient art of wayfinding—using natural elements like the stars, winds, ocean swells, and wildlife—to navigate through both familiar and unchartered oceans. Crewmembers on Hōkūle‘a‘s current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage are sailing around the world to explore how people and communities are working together for a sustainable planet earth.