Canoe returns to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage

Canoe returning to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage

Canoe returning to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage

The crew used mostly sun and stars along with ocean waves and cloud movements to track where the ship was along the journey. "This is so powerful".

Hokulea means "star of gladness" and was built in the 1970s. "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".

"We will go to as many as 70 communities and 100 schools to thank Hawaii's people and share what we have learned with their children", Thompson said.

Nainoa Thompson, the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and a navigator on the Hokulea, was one of the first Hawaiians to revive the ancient art of long distance ocean wayfinding. "Mau was the only traditional navigator who was willing and able to reach beyond his culture to ours".

Disaster befell another voyage in 1978 when the canoe capsized off the Hawaiian island of Molokai in a blinding storm. Eddie Aikau, a revered surfer and lifeguard on the crew, grabbed his surfboard and set out to paddle for help, but was never seen again. Back on land, a traditional spear throwing ceremony (where numerous spears are thrown at one man to either catch or deflect) was performed.

The crew was rotated out at major ports of call.

Thompson said he also hoped Indigenous cultures could help with solutions to modern-day problems such as climate change. The coroner said the actress showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death in December. "And I think that is the challenge of the time for planet earth and all of humanity".

"The fish was plenty for us for the day", he wrote.

Crew members slept in plywood bunks covered with waterproof canvas and bathing was simple, recalled Russell Amimoto, who was part of the Hokule'a crew for two legs.

The voyage had challenges, and reaching South Africa in 2015 - the journey's halfway point - was the most unsafe leg because of complicated ocean conditions.

Last week the crew spotted the 10,023-foot (3,055-meter) high Maui mountain Haleakala looming in the distance, signifying Hokulea's official return to Hawaii waters. The canoe will soon embark on an eight-month trip sailing throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

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