The Polynesian Voyaging Society Canoe “Hōkūle‘a” is currently in Hilo at Palekai, Radio Bay in Keaukaha.
Her sister canoe, the Hikianalia will depart Kawaihae today at 5 PM and be in Hilo sometime Saturday. All events are subject to change, of course, mostly due to the weather.
On Sunday, June 9th, a big community event in Hilo will include the Hōkūle‘a launch ceremonies. Everyone is invited.
It is being hosted by Keaukaha community, ‘Ohana Wa‘a and the canoe clubs there. There will be guest speakers that include Mayor Kenoi, a couple of the Ocean Elders and others.
The window of opportunity for the actual departure is between June 10-14, but the official ceremonies will take place Sunday.
According to Hawaii News Now:
…There are 22 legs planned for Hokulea’s voyage around the world, but the first and final are both right here at home. Crew members say it’s about honoring our community and showing Hawaii’s people their gratitude.
Over the next four years, Hokule’a and her escort boat and sister canoe, Hikianalia, will travel to 28 countries and stop at 85 international ports – sailing more than 45,000 nautical miles around the world.
“We want to go. It’s time to go,” said navigator Nainoa Thompson, Hokulea’s Captain.
But before they set sail for international waters, Hokule’a and Hikianalia will spend the first five months of their journey right here at home.
“Around Hawai’i sail is the first leg. It’s only a thousand miles, probably the shortest of all of them, but it’s the most important,” described Thompson, before adding this portion of the voyage is crucial to making sure all 250 crew members are trained and prepared before heading to the South Pacific next May.
“In many ways we could go to Tahiti right now. We’re safe enough to do that, but I think this engagement with home is a crucial piece to earning that voyage,” explained Thompson.
“Malama Honua”, or “Care for the Earth”, defines the worldwide voyage’s mission and crew members say that starts here in the islands with “Malama Hawai’i”…
- Hokule’a departs Honolulu set for Hilo (kitv.com)
- Renowned voyaging crew launches greatest journey yet in Hawaiian canoe: four-year, worldwide voyage (boingboing.net)
- Renowned Voyaging Canoe Embarks on its Greatest Journey Yet (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Malama Honua: Hokulea, Hikianalia Embark On Worldwide Sailing Voyage (civilbeat.com)
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