Inspired By The Hokule’a

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Hawaii Nui Brewing is one of Hawaii’s largest independent craft brewers. We are proud to brew and can all our beers locally in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii Nui Brewing company brings Hawaii Craft Beer to the world and is navigating perfection!  Our beer and the Hawaii Nui brand was inspired by the likeness of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe the Hōkūleʻa. 

The Story of Hōkūleʻa 

Hōkūleʻa, our Star of Gladness, began as a dream of reviving the legacy of exploration, courage, and ingenuity that brought the first Polynesians to the archipelago of Hawaiʻi. The canoes that brought the first Hawaiians to their island home had disappeared from earth. Cultural extinction felt dangerously close to many Hawaiians when artist Herb Kane dreamed of rebuilding a double-hulled sailing canoe similar to the ones that his ancestors sailed.

Though more than 600 years had passed since the last of these canoes had been seen, this dream brought together people of diverse backgrounds and professions. Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe—she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing.

The Hōkūleʻa is set to leave Hilo harbor very soon and weʻll be watching itʻs progress at it travels the world! First stop, Tahiti!

To track the Hokulea voyage on Google maps click here.


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