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* Official Hokule'a Arrival and Welcoming

Join the Hōkūle’a crew, New York City's Polynesian community, and representatives from the area's Native American groups in a welcoming ceremony that highlights ancient Hawaiian welcoming protocols and traditional welcoming practices of the Lenape, Shinnecock, and other First Nation groups.

The pre-ceremony will begin at 8am, and the official ceremony will begin at 9am with the arrival of the canoe and crew, followed by remarks and welcoming performances by representatives from local Native American groups.

You'll then see a traditional Hawaiian 'awa ceremony, including Native American leaders, state and city officials, and Polynesian Voyaging Society leaders.

New York officials will welcome the canoe, and the Hokule'a delegation will then speak.

A presentation of leis and song and closing remarks will bring the ceremony to an end, and after a break for lunch, the afternoon will feature an exchange of song and dances between NYC-based Polynesian groups, Native American performers, and Hawaii-based groups.

We couldn't be more excited, and we can't wait to see you there!

Some notes:
  • Seating will be extremely limited, so plan to stand for the ceremony.
  • Please be sure to bring water. The ceremony is outdoors, and summers in NYC can be very warm.
  • Lunch will not be provided, but there are many places nearby to pick something up.
  • In the afternoon cultural exchange portion of the day, there will be an opportunity for anyone who knows a hula to Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai to join in, so mai hila hila, don't be shy!
Date:    Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time:    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:    North Cove Marina
250 Vesey St
New York NY 10280
* Measuring the Elements: A Lecture by Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

Hālāwai, in collaboration with Arts in a Changing a America, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, proudly present a lecture by Dr. Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa. Dr. Kame'eleihiwa is a senior professor and the current director at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is the lead professor in the field of Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Hawaiian and Polynesian Studies.

Recent research by faculty and students of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies has shown that there are a number of Hawaiian and Tahitian temples built in ancient times with one wall measuring 0˚ North. Such temples were used to track the movement of the sun through solstice and equinox, and ordered the worship of Akua or Elemental Gods. The sharing of this technology was made possible by Polynesian voyaging canoes like Hōkūleʻa! Come see how the Ancestors did it!

The Hōkūleʻa is a Polynesian voyaging canoe built and navigated entirely in the style of the native Polynesian people.

It's currently on a three-year voyage around the world, spreading a message of international cooperation, bridging the modern and the traditional, and advocating for our cultural and environmental resources.
Date:    Monday, June 6, 2016
Time:    7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location:    La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
The Downstairs
66 E 4th St
New York NY 10003
Tickets:    Free
RSVP at Eventbrite
* He Lani Ko Luna, (A Sky Above): An Evening with the Navigators of the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage at American Museum of Natural History

For generations, the starry heavens guided deep-sea voyagers from island to island across Polynesia. In 1976, the Polynesian Voyaging Society built and launched an iconic twin-hulled sailing canoe, Hōkūleʻa, to research and revive the oceanic traditions of the early explorers who settled the islands of Oceania. Currently visiting the East Coast from the Everglades to New England, Hōkūleʻa is in the midst of a 47,000-nautical-mile worldwide voyage to celebrate indigenous cultures and to raise awareness of the need to steward the Earth’s resources. On behalf of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Hōkūleʻa captain and navigator Chad Kālepa Baybayan and apprentice navigator Celeste Manuia Haʻo introduce the art of wayfinding the ocean with a system of non-instrument navigation and share their knowledge that “in losing sight of the land, you discover stars.”

To learn more about the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage, go to www.hokulea.com.

Chad Kālepa Baybayan is among an elite society of traditional wayfinding astronomers called “Master Navigators.” Skilled in the study of Hawaiian star lines and the celestial sphere, and trained by traditional Satawalese Master Navigator Mau Piailug, he shares the title of Pwo Master Navigator with only four others in Hawaii. He has served as captain and navigator aboard the Hawaiian deep-sea voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a, Hawai‘iloa, and Hōkūalaka‘i.

Celeste Manuia Haʻo was invited to help navigate the famed voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a from Aitutaki, Cook Islands, to her family village in Samoa as a part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. This became a historic event for Samoa as she was the first woman of Samoan descent to return to her ancestral homeland the way her ancestors traveled—by way of sea and stars.

Presented in collaboration with the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
Date:    Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time:    7:00 PM
Location:    American Museum of Natural History
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
Central Park West at 79th St
New York NY 10024-5192
Tickets:    $15 ($13.50 seniors, students); $12 Members
Buy online
* Screening of "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" with special guest Solomon Aikau

Director: Sam George
Starring: Josh Brolin, Eddie Aikau, Clyde Aikau

The documentary follows the life of legendary big wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, who lost his life seeking help for the crew of the capsized Hokule'a. Eddie's story is also the inspirational story of revival of Native Hawaiian culture and pride.

The screening will be followed by a traditional Hawaiian musical performance and a Q&A with Solomon Aikau, president of the Eddie Aikau Foundation and Eddie Aikau's brother.

All proceeds go to the Hokule'a's current Worldwide Voyage and The Eddie Aikau Foundation.

"Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" is an ESPN 30 for 30 Film produced by TAUBLIEB Films.
Date:    Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time:    7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Location:    Syndicated
40 Bogart St
Brooklyn NY 11206
Tickets:    $10
Buy online at EventBrite [SOLD OUT]
* Introductory Hawaiian Language Classes

ʻO ke alelo ka hoeuli - The tongue is the steering paddle of the words uttered by the mouth. In celebration of Hōkūleʻa's World Wide Voyage named "Mālama Honua," Ka Leo Nūioka launches its new introductory Hawaiian language course.

Course dates are as follows: Thursday, June 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 6:30p - 8:30p. Your ticket enrolls you in all four classes.

These 4 introductory Hawaiian language classes will focus on Chapter 1 and 2 of Hawaiian language text, Nā Kai ʻEwalu (2012) - copies will be sold at the Thursday, June 9th class for $33.00 each.

This course is the first of a series of Hawaiian language courses to be offered in New York City throughout 2016.
Date:    Thursday, June 9, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:    Endangered Language Alliance
3 W 18th St 6th Floor
New York NY 10011
Tickets:    $100
Register online at EventBrite
* Hokule'a Storytellers' Evening at Patagonia New York SoHo

Crewmemebers from Hōkūle’a will bring an evening of stories from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to Patagonia Soho on Thursday, June 9. The event will officially kick off the 20th annual Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge. The evening will include a panel discussion with veteran crewmembers from the Mālama Honua voyage, after which members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Date:    Thursday, June 9, 2016
Time:    7:00 PM
Location:    Patagonia New York SoHo
72 Greene St (between Spring and Broome)
New York NY 10012
* 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge hosted by New York Outrigger at Hudson River Park‘s Pier 26

The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge is one of the world's premier international outrigger races and the largest Pacific Islands festival on the East Coast.

The day-long competition is divided into three races: the women's race, the men's race, and a mixed gender race. Crews compete along a challenging and visually-stunning course through New York Harbor and sections of the East River and Hudson River. Teams race past a number of iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center. This iron outrigger race course is 15 miles for the men’s and women’s division, and 11 miles for the mixed division. Teams compete in both unlimited and spec design outrigger canoes.

The free public festival draws thousands of New Yorkers to Hudson River Park's Pier 26 where they experience music, dance, food and family activities throughout the day.

An annual event in New York City since 1997, the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016.
Date:    Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:    10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Performance Schedule (10:20 AM to 7:30 PM)
Location:    Hudson River Park‘s Pier 26 in the Tribeca district of Manhattan on West Street between North Moore Street and Hubert Street.
* Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic

For almost 30 years, the Polynesian community has gathered in Central Park for an annual potluck feast and kanikapila.

This year, we have something extra special planned. The Hokule'a will be docked on Governors Island, and our annual picnic will also be the farewell party for the Hokule'a and her crew.

We'll still have our usual community potluck with local musicians and dancers, but this year, we'll be right on the water, have a beautiful field to ourselves, and we'll be able to walk right up to the Hokule'a herself for a front row view of the wa'a and even take a little tour. There'll also be activities for the keiki, tabling from a few of our partner organizations, and more!

As we bid farewell to the Hokule'a crew, we'll also be gifting them with provisions for the next leg of their journey! So if you can fit a little something extra in your bag that day, they love baked goods, snacks that won't bruise or spoil easily, and munchies that remind them of home. And the canoe herself loves gifts of flowers, so she can sail off in style.

Date:    Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time:    12 PM to 5 PM
Location:    Nolan Park on Governors Island
New York, NY 10004
Directions:    Directions by Ferry (scroll to bottom of page)
The ferry from Manhattan arrives at Soisson's Landing. The ferry from Brooklyn and the East River Ferry arrive at Yankee Pier. Our event is on the North side of Nolan Park. The walk from either ferry dock is around 5 minutes.

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* Halau Hula 'O Na Mele 'Aina 'O Hawai'i
Instructor:    Luana Haraguchi
Web:    http://www.hulanewyork.com/
Info:    (845) 359-9214, (845) 480-0807 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
250 W 54th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Nola Studios - 11th Floor (or Carson Studios - 10th Floor)
New York, NY 10019
(Classes held outdoors in Central Park during the spring/summer, weather permitting)

Rockland County
249 Betsy Ross Drive
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Classes:    Adult
New York City:  Mondays and Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Orangeburg:  Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Keiki (Children)
Orangeburg:  Tuesdays, 3 PM - 4 PM;
Sundays, 1-3 PM or 3-5 PM (call for times)
* Lotus Music & Dance - Lei Pasifika
Instructors:    Makalina Gallagher and Carol Leogite
Web:    http://www.lotusmusicanddance.org
Info:    (212) 627-1076 or info@leipasifika.com
Class Location:    Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave, 4th Floor
New York City 10018
Classes:    Hula, Tahitian and Ukulele Class Schedule
Register at Lotus Music & Dance
* Na Lehua Melemele
Instructors:    Eleanor Trillana and Dara Faust
Web:    https://www.facebook.com/Na-Lehua-Melemele-1488684114782639/
Info:    nlmhula@gmail.com
Class Location:    New York Live Arts
219 W 19th St
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Classes:    Hula Basics: Hula Dance Class for Beginners

* Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
We are a new branch of Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani based in Kalihi, O'ahu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kale Pawai.
Instructors:    NYC Alaka'i: Christopher and Tristan
Web:    http://napuanuioka.wix.com/nuioka
Info:    (347) 948-HULA or napuanuioka@gmail.com
Class Location:    Queens (Woodside)
52nd Street and Roosevelt Ave
Woodside NY 11377
Classes:    Adult classes - all levels

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* Hawaiian Artists Shows – Aloha Paradise Revue
Web:    http://www.hawaiianartistsshowsnyc.com
Info:    Luana Haraguchi (845) 359-9214, (845) 480-0807 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
* Lei Pasifika
Web:    http://www.leipasifika.com
Info:    bookings@leipasifika.com
* Andy Wang

Andy Wang is a performer of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Web:    http://www.andywangmusic.com
Info:    Andy Wang at (973) 400-9264 or andywangmusic.com/contact

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* Halawai

Halawai is committed to building and supporting a community of people who share a common background or interest in Hawai'i. In the tradition of extended 'ohana (family), Halawai perpetuates the aloha spirit by bringing people together and providing a gathering place.
Web:    http://www.halawai.org
* Hawai'i Cultural Foundation

The Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (HCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture outside of Hawai'i. HCF develops programs that create a deeper understanding of ancient and contemporary Hawaiian traditions, and strives to strengthen a community of people who share a common ancestry, background or interest in Hawai'i.

NOTE: On February 12, 2007, the Hawaii Cultural Foundation posted a message that it has come to a close as it celebrates it's 10th anniversary since it was founded in 1997. Mahalo nui loa to founders Janu Cassidy and Michelle Akina; and NYC Ambassador of Aloha Nersa Miller!
* University of Hawaii Alumni Association – East (New York)

This chapter was founded in March 1989. The UHAA-East chapter covers the eastern states of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Web:    UHAA–East Chapter
Info:    Karen Liu
* Columbia University Hawaii Club
Web:    Malama Hawaii at Columbia University
* New York University (NYU) Hawaii Club
Web:    NYU Hawaii Club
* Cornell University Hawaii Club
Web:    Cornell Hawaii Club
* Princeton Hawaii Club
Web:    Princeton Club of Hawaii
* University of Pennsylvania Hawaii Club
Web:    Penn Hawaii Club

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* Makana NYC
West Coast inspiration meets Lower East Side roots to create one of NYC's most unique dining experiences—Makana NYC. Makana offers Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ, cuisine that's limited on not only the east coast, but even in New York, one of the world's premier food cities. Missing west coast fare and the Aloha spirit, two childhood friends decided it was time to bring their west coast Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ experience back home to New York, and so became one of Harlem's most distinctive restaurants—Makana NYC.
Web:    http://www.makananyc.com
Locations:    East Harlem
2245 1st Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 996 - 3534

Manhattan Valley
161 W. 106 St
(between Columbus Ave & Amsterdam Ave)
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-4569
* Onomea
The already hoppin’ intersection of Havemeyer and Metropolitan just got another new restaurant, and, what do you know, it’s not another farm-to-table New American. Hawaiian cuisine is sorely underrepresented in New York, and new Williamsburg spot Onomea hopes the rectify that. The name translates to “delicious,” and the menu aspires to live up to that moniker with traditional Aloha State dishes like poke, kalua pork and, yup, Spam musubi (basically, a sushi roll stuffed with everyone’s favorite canned meat). The cozy decor includes a ceiling lined with shipping crates, plus cool backlit strips of island-themed photos. Do note: there’s no liquor license yet, but it’s in the works.
Web:    http://onomeanyc.com
Locations:    84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 347-844-9559
* Flat Waves (near Newport, Rhode Island)
Our goal here at Flat Waves is simple: great food, great price, serve others. For 4 years now we've been doing just that. We always use fresh, high quality ingredients in our Hawaiian plates and by skipping all the frills, we serve it up at a killer price! Come in and try our Hawaiian Plates, Fish Tacos, unique burgers, and genuine Shave Ice from April to November! The only Hawaiian Food in Rhode Island!
Web:    http://www.flat-waves.com
Location:    1130 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 847-9283

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