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Hokule’a Returns to Hawai’i After Round-the-World Trip

Monday, June 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Chiew
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On Saturday, June 17, the Hawai’ian voyaging canoe, the Hokule’a, returned to Hawai’i after a three-year journey around the globe. Built as a replica of the traditional double canoes used by the original Polynesian explorers, the Hokule’a first rose to fame in the 1975 by completing the journey from Hawai’i to Tahiti, ostensibly proving the double canoe to have been the method of travel for pre-colonial Polynesian seafarers.  
Its latest venture, which began in 2013, saw the Hokule’a make stops in New Zealand, Sydney, New York, and the Mediterranean, before passing through the Panama Canal and arriving home in Oahu on Saturday, where it was received by a festive welcoming ceremony.

AAA President John Berry, then United States Ambassador to Australia, teamed up with the Sydney Maritime Museum to welcome the Hokule’a when it visited Sydney in May 2015 and was greeted by a fleet of traditional NAWI Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander canoes. The Sydney reception and collaboration with NAWI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups was part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to “weave a lei of hope around the world through sharing indigenous wisdom, groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives while learning from the past and from each other, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of the Island Earth.” 

The Hokule’a’s journey totaled 47,000 nautical miles and reached five continents. The 19-meter vessel sails using only wind power and traditional methods of navigation, relying on star patterns, ocean movement, marine life and weather patterns.

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