After a 25-day, 2,800-mile voyage from Hawai'i to California using traditional non-instrument navigation, the solar and wind-powered Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia will sail into San Francisco Bay for a cultural arrival ceremony and celebration at Aquatic Park Cove on Sunday, September 16, noon to 5 p.m. 

On September 17th and 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hikianalia will be open for dockside canoe tours conducted by the voyagers at Hyde Street Pier.

There will be free tour entry onto the Hikianalia at this time.

The public will be able to see Hikianalia sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and cross the San Francisco Bay Sunday morning before she sails into Aquatic Park Cove at noon, escorted by local canoe clubs. 

In keeping with traditional voyaging protocol, the canoe will be welcomed firsts and granted permission to enter the Aquatic Cove by the traditional hosts of this region, the Muwekma Ohlone tribe.

An exchange of chants and ceremonial welcome rituals will then commence, which will be open to the public. 

The tentative Hikianalia port schedule is as follows:

  • San Francisco – Sept. 16-19

  • Half Moon Bay – Sept. 19-26

  • Monterey – Sept. 27-Oct. 2

  • Santa Barbara – Oct. 6-13

  • Santa Cruz Island – Oct. 14-16

  • King Harbor (Los Angeles) – Oct. 17-23

  • Dana Point – Oct. 24-30

  • San Diego – Oct. 31-Nov. 5