Yesterday, the Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe Hokule'a reached Uto Marina, in Kuamoto Prefecture, Japan, where the crew was greeted by Japanese Hula dancers.
Kumamoto, on Kyushu island, is the prefecture from which the 3rd largest group of Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i came in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Hokule'a is visiting the parts of Japan where most of Hawaii's Japanese immigrants originated. After a 3-4 day stay at Uto, Hokule'a and her accompanying sailboat Kama Hele will continue on to Nagasaki and Fukuoka.
For further details about this part of the voyage click here: HOKULEA'S VOYAGE TO JAPAN and here: CREW WEBLOG.