The Hokulea voyaging canoe made its return to Hawaii on June 17 to much fanfare.
During the three-year journey the crew of the vessel picked up various gifts and trinkets when they stopped for cultural exchanges. Many of the gifts, "makana," will be on display at an exhibit in the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
"Malama Honua: The Worldwide Voyage of Hokulea 2013-2017" features the gifts from this recently completed journey as well as other items collected by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the directors of the Hokulea, during the organization's four decades of sailing.
There is a ceremonial stone kava bowl presented to crew members during a 2014 visit to Maupiti atoll in French Polynesia, a wood root club offered to the crew by members of the Penobscot Nation of the Wabanaki Peoples in Maine, and an intricately detailed model of the Hokulea -- including the vessel's solar panels and rigging -- presented on the canoe's Martha's Vineyard visit in 2016.
The exhibit represents a small fraction of the gifts the 245 rotating crew members accepted during their visits to 151 ports in 23 nations on five continents.
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is participating, lending photographs, maps and lithographs, and the convention center display is a precursor to a larger exhibit, "Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging," debuting at the Oahu museum in November.
The Hawaii Convention Center display, which will be housed on the third level for two years, is a collaborative project of the convention center, Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
The exhibit is organized into three sections, one covering the 2013-17 Malama Honua worldwide voyage, one showcasing the traditional wayfinding knowledge taught, learned and practiced by crew members on the canoe's voyages, and the last depicting the work of the nonprofit Polynesian Voyaging Society, which managed Hokulea's construction, mission and voyages. Visit www.hokulea.com