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Dalai Lama shares laughs, blessings with Hawaiian voyagers

Eye of the Islands / Pillars of Peace Hawaii via AP

The Dalai Lama, center, jokes with members of the crew of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea following the Earth Blessing and Consecration of the the canoe on April 16, 2012 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The Hokulea is being prepared for a round-the-world trip.

Pillars of Peace Hawaii via AP

Jeremiah Taleni, right, gives a Shaka, a Hawaiian greeting gesture, as he shares a laugh with the Dalai Lama after presenting him with a gift of a paddle from the Kailua High School student body.

Read more about the Hōkūle’a project and see more pictures of the Dalai Lama and Hawaii on PhotoBlog.