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Presidential Dinner in honor of the Hōkūle’a

In honor of the arrival of the Hōkūle’a coinciding with World Oceans Day, The Explorers Club United Nations Committee cordially invites you to a special Presidential Dinner featuring Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson, the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, along with crew members Lehua Kamalu & Jenna Ishii, on Friday the 10th of June.

A symbol of cultural revival, the history of Hōkūleʻa is being shared to inspire other indigenous cultures. This replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe was built 40 years ago and revitalized voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific. The canoe also sparked a reawakening of Hawaiian culture, language, and identity. Her name means "star of gladness" in Hawaiian, which refers to Arcturus, a guiding zenith star for Hawaiian navigators. Arcturus passes directly overhead at Hawaiʻi's latitude helping sailors find the islands.

Hōkūle‘a first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Since then, she has traveled to multiple countries across the globe, reawakening a Hawaiian cultural renaissance in the process through reviving the traditional art of wayfinding – navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind. The canoe’s twin hulls allow her to handle large ocean swells and recover easily in the troughs of waves, and her triangular canvas sails can harness winds up to 20 knots.

Nainoa Thompson is the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating. Inspired by his kupuna, his teachers, he has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of “voyaging.” Among many other important mentors, Yosio Kawano took him at an early age to tide pools to explore the mysteries of the inshore ocean; Herb Kane introduced him to the stars his ancestors used to navigate great ocean distances; and pwo navigator Mau Piailug taught him to see the natural signs he would use to guide Hōkūleʻa throughout Polynesia. Nainoa’s father taught him the universal values of voyaging – of having a vision of islands rising from the sea, of self-discipline, preparation, courage, risk-taking and the spirit of aloha that would bind a crew on arduous journeys.

He will be joined by Lehua Kamalu, Voyaging Assistant for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and Jenna Ishii, Education Coordinator for PVS. The crew will return Club Flag #124, which they carried on multiple legs of the worldwide journey. Several foreign dignitaries and other notable attendees are expected to join the proceedings, and the Hawaiian Air Serenaders and Dancers will preform live.

Date: June 10th, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner, 8:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $70

Guest Ticket Price: $80

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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As this is a catered event, no cancellations will be accepted by Monday, June 6th

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