16 July, 2017. By Marcel Honoré. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton toured the Hokule‘a at Sand Island today, about a month after the Hawaiian voyaging canoe’s return from its three-year journey around the globe.
Former Hawaii Gov. John Waihee encouraged Clinton to visit the canoe, according to Polynesian Voyaging Society spokeswoman Sonja Swenson Rogers. Clinton arrived at the Marine Education and Training Center, where the Hokule‘a is in dry-dock for repairs, at around 1 p.m., Rogers said.
The former president then talked story aboard the replica craft with PVS President and pwo (master) navigator Nainoa Thompson for about an hour, she added.
Swenson did not know the larger purpose or circumstances for Clinton’s visit to Hawaii.