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Welcome Home Hōkūleʻa

In 2014, Hokulea began its attempt to sail around the world. For more than two years, Hoku revisited places distant from Hawaiian waters, with destinations such as Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand which share cultural ties to the Hawaiian islands, as well as first time visits to Australia, South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, the East Coast of the mainland US, and Panama. In this voyage, Hoku shared its rich history along each one of its stops and her crew sailed and navigated by traditional Polynesian methods only.  In this passage, Hoku and her crew sailed and navigated by traditional Polynesian methods only. The crew had to study ocean currents and weather patterns, along with northern and southern star constellations from other latitudes and longitude. Their orientation in the night sky was the crew’s tool for safely navigating around the world.

In June of 2017, Hoku returned back to Hawaii filled with stories, smiles and the exchange of new cultures. She then began her ‘Mahalo Hawaii Sail’ along with Hikianalia, Hokulea’s sister escort voyaging canoe. They plan to visit the entire Hawaiian island chain and began with Kauai.

In this 3 day visit to Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, crew members have shared the experience they endured on their voyage and participated in community events. Some of the welcoming included an escort by Hanalei’s canoe clubs and hula and chanting from the local halaus.

Welcome home Hokulea. Thank you for your visit.

Aerial photos courtesy of Joel Guy.

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