June 11, 2011
Contact: John Cunnane
The Royal Hawaiian Ukulele Band performing on BALCLUTHA in 2010.
On Saturday, June 11, 10am-4pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will present its 2nd annual celebration of King Kamehameha Day, with afternoon performances of traditional Hawaiian music, a documentary film showing, and ranger-led presentations on Balclutha's history, including her two years sailing under the Hawaiian flag. Ships admission fees apply for Balclutha talks: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, Free. Free with national park passes.
The music begins at 1:00pm on Hyde Street Pier with the The Tom Evan Band, followed at 1:45pm by Auntie Mary’s Boys. The music concludes with the 'AHAmele musicians and dancers from 2:30pm to 3pm.
The documentary film “Papa Mau; The Wayfinder,” a new work by Hawaiian filmmaker Na’alehu Anthony will be screened continuously, 10am-4pm in the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, at Hyde Street. The film tells of Micronesian Master navigator Mau Piailug. In the 1970s, he had the foresight to work with Hawaiians to teach Polynesian navigation skills to a new generation.
Ranger-led talks, at 11:15am, 1:15pm, and 2:15pm, will cover the history of the sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, when she flew under the Hawaiian flag.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr.