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Hikianalia Welcome Ceremony

Auē, ua hit ē!

San Francisco is honored to welcome & receive Hikianalia, the sister canoe of world renowned Hawaiian double-hulled canoe, Hōkūleʻa. The arrival ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 12-5pm at the Aquatic Park Cove. The traditional ceremonies will be led by the Muwekma Ohlone, followed by the Hawaiian contingent and community at large. There are several dignitaries whose presence is in the process of being confirmed. Please join us for this auspicious occasion as we welcome the Hikianalia and Captain Lehua Kamalu on their maiden voyage to San Francisco.  

Anyone interested in participating in the ceremony, please contact Kumu Kauʻi Peralto at All are welcome to bring your pahu (drum), bamboo and shell. We especially want our children and youth to be present.

For general information and on-going schedule updates about attending the welcome ceremony, visit the Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California’s website,

This event is sponsored in part by OluKai and Hawaiian Airlines.


Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson will be making a rare appearance at Capuchino High School’s Samuel Johnson, Jr. Performing Arts Center in San Bruno, California on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm. Thompson will speak about the 40-year journey of re-discovering ancient Polynesian voyaging and navigation, and how it has ignited a community of leaders, empowered our youth, and created a worldwide movement of global sustainability to preserve our planet Earth for generations to come.  We thank our sponsors Bank of Hawaii, Pacific Islanders Cultural Association, Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association, and Southwest Airlines for their support. 

Tickets for this rare speaking engagement are available by registering here: