Duke’s Waikiki Restaurant at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is celebrating the 48th Anniversary of the March 8, 1975 launch of Hokule’a by presenting a check to The Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa (FHH). Both Duke’s and the FHH have invited the 1976 crew of the maiden voyage of the Hokule’a to join us for this celebratory occasion.
We would also like to invite our colleagues of The Kupuna Shed (The Men’s Shed, Pier 19) to come celebrate with us as they are an integral part of the Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa.
– Billy Richards
HONOLULU (KHON2) – On Tuesday, March 7, Duke’s Waikiki announced that they will be making a donation to repair ‘Hawaii’s only all-wood canoe,’ Hawai`iloa. Duke’s Waikiki said it is to go towards the preservation of Hawaiian culture. They will be donating $7,500 to the Friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa in support of its mission to carry on Hawaii canoe-building values and traditions.
On Wednesday, March 8, Duke’s Waikiki will welcome longtime canoe builders, members of the organization and the crew from Hokulea’s 1976 voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti and back to receive the check while celebrating Hawaiian canoe voyaging and building. Mahalo nui loa! to Marylou Foley for coordinating this event, the FHH donation, and allowing FHH the opportunity to share with others.