Hokulea has returned! The crew will have traveled some 40,000 nautical miles, or more than 74,000 kilometers, on the wind-powerded canoe built in the 1970s.
The “Hokulea” canoe has returned to its home port on Saturday, June 17 after a three-year voyage.
For three years, the sailors onboard the canoe guided themselves by contemplating the stars. The technique that has proved infallible since the sailors of the Hokulea canoe were able to return to their point of departure, the Polynesian port of Taputapuatea, Saturday, June 17, after three years spent on the oceans.
With no engine, this traditional Polynesian dual-hulled canoe is the first to complete this journey using only ancestral navigation techniques. The crew traveled some 40,000 nautical miles, or more than 74,000 kilometers on the canoe built in the 1970s. The boat visited twenty-three countries and 150 ports, and nearly two hundred and fifty volunteers took turns to govern it.
“We really are sailing in their (the ancestors’) wake,” said Murphy, 38, an apprentice navigator who took part in the voyage. “We had to re-learn what our ancestors had mastered.”
Through this initiative, the crew wanted to raise awareness of global warming, overfishing and pollution of the oceans.
“Through its travels, Hokulea generated a revival across the Pacific Ocean of Hawaiian culture, language and identity, revived the idea of travel and the traditions of navigation,” said the organizers of the event.