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Native Hawaiians to launch canoe in Potomac
Friday, July 15, 2005

Traditional Native Hawaiian carvers will launch a canoe into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

The Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa will be joined by the National Museum of the American Indian in launching the 18-foot canoe. The boat was started 15 years ago by Wright Bowman Jr., a Native Hawaiian master carver, and was finished at the museum.

The Friends will perform a blessing ceremony for the canoe before paddling it into the river. The canoe isi known as Au Hou or "New Era."

The event takes place at 10am at the Thompson’s Marina at 2900 Virginia Avenue NW, the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway. The public is invited.

Relevant Links:
National Museum of the American Indian - http://www.nmai.si.edu

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