HOKULE’A SAILS TO MICRONESIA AND JAPAN NEXT YEAR

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HOKULE’A SAILS TO MICRONESIA AND JAPAN NEXT YEAR

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Nov. 13) – The famous Hawaiian Canoe Hokule'a will sail in January to Micronesia, then on to Japan, the Honolulu-Advertiser reports.

The 30-year-old voyaging canoe Hokule'a will escort Hawai'i's youngest voyaging canoe, Maisu, on a historic voyage to Micronesia - a part of the ocean Hokule'a has never visited, the Honolulu-Advertiser adds. Then it would sail to another new destination, Japan.

[Photo courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society]

The heart of the mission is the island of Satawal, home of the man who taught modern Hawaiians the ancient Polynesian art of non-instrument navigation. The Hawaiian voyaging community, under the direction of Na Kalai Wa'a Moku O Hawai'i, built Maisu as a gift to navigator Mau Piailug, and the canoe will be delivered to him on his home island.

"This voyage honors our traditional ties to Micronesia and Japan and thanks each for their contributions to Hawai'i," says the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Web page on the trip.

The Hokule'a Canoe first arrived to Tahiti in 1976. A special anniversary voyage, which was at one point scheduled this year, from Hawaii to Tahiti, was cancelled.

 

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