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Behind the Scenes With the Hokulea Escort Boat The Kama Hele… Videos

Traveling with the Hokulea on this trip to Palmyra there is an escort boat named the Kama Hele.  It looks like the Kama Hele will be the communications center for this voyage and they are broadcasting youtube videos of the trip.

The following videos will show you a bit about what the escort’s boat responsibility is on a mission like this:

Captain Mike Cunningham of the escort boat Kama Hele explains the function of an escort boat for Hōkūle’a. It is Polynesian Voyaging Society policy to always have an escort boat follow the traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle’a in case of emergency. Crew members aboard the Kama Hele are also training for the Hōkūle’a Worldwide Voyage in which the canoe will circumnavigate the Earth using ancient Polynesian navigation techniques. The crew carries with them the idea that we are all crew members on Canoe Earth and, just as on Hōkūle’a, we need to care for one another an our resources.

What does the escort boat do:


Hokulea Communications Aboard Kama Hele:


Kama Hele sleeping quarters:


Bathing aboard the Kama Hele:


Kama Hele’s Engine: