Hokule‘a meet-and-greet in Kapalua
Archie Kalepa (clockwise from left), Noe Kamalu, Lehua Kamalu, Nainoa Thompson and Peter Merriman pose at a table at the Hokule’a meet-and-greet on Aug. 21.
Second photo: Archie Kalepa, Hokule’a crew member, hugs Peter Merriman of Merriman’s Kapalua on Aug. 21 at a Hokule’a meet-and-greet event at the restaurant.
The public was offered an opportunity to meet crew members of Hokule’a, including Maui’s Kalepa, Billy Richards and navigator Nainoa Thompson.
The $3,045 raised at the event from the 87 tickets sold went to the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve to help defray costs of 4,000 koa trees planted in the West Maui preserve during Hokule’a’s visit to Maui from Aug. 17 to 20.
Honolua Bay was the first stop on the voyaging canoe’s Hokule’a’s Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail.