Thursday, June 22, 2017


22 June 2017: Hokulea (Hōkūle‘a), a deep sea voyaging canoe, returned to Hawaii this past Saturday (17 June) after sailing 40,000 miles around the globe on a mission of good will. It is likely that many of you missed is, in light of the America's Cup races in Bermuda getting much of the sailing world's attention.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society writes:

“The mission of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is 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 voyage began in May 2014 when Hokuleah departed from O’ahu (you might have read about it it -and her arrival in New York in Maritime Maunder) and sailed with a fleet of seven deep-sea voyaging canoes from Hawaii, Tahiti, and New Zealand. The homecoming celebration honors the multicultural journey and connection with people all over the world. 

Her amazing track

“It is the realization of decades of hard work and planning on behalf of the Polynesian Voyaging Society crew and our partners and friends around the world to embark on the final leg of Hōkūle‘a’s voyage and return home,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of Polynesian Voyaging Society. “Watching Hōkūle‘a crest the waves of O‘ahu’s south shore as she returns home, much like the canoes of our ancestors, will be a once in a lifetime experience. We are overwhelmed with emotion at all we have accomplished during this historic voyage and we look forward to setting sail on the next chapter together.”

The grand homecoming will include a welcoming celebration with over 50,000 people expected to attend. The event’s inspirational speaker series will feature local and global speakers who have engaged with the Voyage including: Megan Smith, 3rd chief technology officer of the United States; Dieter Paulmann, founder of Okeanos Foundation for the Sea; and Ocean Elders Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Don Walsh. 

And (on an unrelated note) for those of you who might who might have missed it, the first 4 races of the America's Cup were sailed last weekend in Bermuda and all four went to Team Emerates New Zealand. More racing this weekend. Stay tuned for updates here.

Until next time, 
                                     Fair Winds,
                                       Old Salt

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