Hikianalia crew members clean the canoe after arriving Thursday morning in Radio Bay in Hilo from Sand Island. The canoe and its crew will stay in Hilo for a couple of nights and then launch from the Big Island on either Sunday or Monday to reunite with its sister canoe, Hokule‘a. The two Polynesian sailing vessels will meet in Tahiti and complete their Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. They anticipate arrival at Tahiti by mid-April, where they will travel throughout Tahiti and Raiatea sharing their message of caring for Island Earth and sustainably while sharing Polynesian culture closing the almost four-year long voyage. Hokule‘a and Hikianalia will then head home to Magic Island in June.
Janet Hamada, right, dances with recreation direction Stacyn Lopez on Saturday evening during the Spring Fling Dance at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. The dance was the result of a partnership with the Hilo Elks Lodge and a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. Big Island Ballroom Dance Club members also attended to help get residents into the swing of dancing.