Hokule‘a, crew welcomed in Hilo

  • Photo by TIM WRIGHT

    Mayor Harry Kim and Kimo Pihana talk story before the start of the Hokule‘a welcoming ceremony Monday at Hilo’s Grand Naniloa Hotel.

  • Photo by TIM WRIGHT Hokule‘a crewmember Kawika Crivello is greeted by Kaycie Saiki as the public welcomes the voyaging canoe back Monday at the Grand Naniloa Hotel.

  • Photos by TIM WRIGHT

    Crew member Leiohu Colburn secures the bow of the Hokule‘a on Monday as the public welcomed her back at Hilo’s Grand Naniloa Hotel. The Hokule‘a sailed out of Hilo Bay on May 30, 2014, for Tahiti, the first leg of her 36-month world tour. The voyaging canoe came full circle Sunday, as she docked in Hilo. The Hokule‘a’s crew, including the original crew, will be honored Wednesday during the Merrie Monarch Festival Ho‘ike.

A beloved symbol of Hawaii returned to Hilo on Monday when the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a arrived at Kahele Point at the Grand Naniloa Hotel for the first time since 2014.