Nearly 1,000 attend Iosepa launch

Almost 1,000 people attended a community-wide launching ceremony for BYU-Hawaii’s 57-foot traditional twin-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe, Iosepa, held May 5, 2009, at Hukilau Beach in Laie.

I have been writing stories and taking photos of the Iosepa since the logs first arrived from Fiji in February 2001…and thought you might enjoy these most recent images of this amazing canoe and the community’s response to it.