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Hokulea Sights the Hawaiian Islands After Incredible 3-Year Voyage

[From an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.]

(Hawaii) – At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, the crew of Hokulea sited the sacred mountain of Haleakala, signifying that the legendary canoe is officially back home after sailing for 37 months, 40,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 150 ports in 19 countries around the world. After spending 400 days at sea and 700 days on foreign soil, Hokulea will be bringing home wisdom, lessons, and ideas as gifts to share with Hawaii’s children from this voyage of rich learning.
“I also want to express our gratitude to the crews of the 30 other legs and the thousands of people in Hawaii, the Pacific, and around the world for allowing this voyage to happen. We are grateful for all that they have given to the success of the voyage,” Thompson added.
Although Hokulea and Hikianalia are in home waters, the canoes are still under kapu until the arrival ceremony at Magic Island on June 17.
“We will be spending the next week slowly making our way towards Oahu,” said Thompson. “We appreciate the aloha and support of friends and families eager to greet our canoes and crew, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we direct all those interested in greeting Hokulea, Hikianalia and our crew to our June 17 arrival at Kalia (Magic Island), Oahu,” he added.
After returning to Oahu, Hokolea and Hikianalia will begin the most important leg of the voyage, which will be an eight-month sail to 30 ports throughout the Hawaiian islands.
“When we sail throughout the Hawaiian Islands, 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. We are also looking forward to hearing Hawaii stories of Malama Honua,” said Thompson. “Kalia (Magic Island) is the first stop of a year-long homecoming,” he added.

Comments

  1. Jill
    Laupahoehoe Hawaii
    June 10, 5:21 pm

    I’ve been following you all from the start and shared with all my “sea faring” family on the East Coast
    Such an incredible journey!!! Mahalo nui loa for sharing it with us! CANNOT WAIT till you reach home!!
    Just wish I could be on Oahu for your arrival ….
    “Ua hoopomaikai or is major I Ka nui o”
    Hope you are going to celebrate on the Big Island too!
    Aloha nui!

  2. Lynn Simmons
    Volcano, HI
    June 10, 3:58 pm

    Interesting that you don’t mention seeing the great mountains of Hawaii Island (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa) first … or did I miss that in an earlier post?
    Anyhow, We;come Home!

  3. Daniel McLafferty
    Kaneohe, Oahu, Kingdom of Hawaii
    June 10, 12:21 am

    Aloha to all who sailed on this epic holo moana. I’ve followed your journey and wished that I could have been on it with you. You have the spread aloha to the world and brought awareness of the importance of “Malama Honua”. Mahalo nui loa!

  4. Kanani Oberholzer
    Perth Western Australia
    June 9, 11:59 pm

    Welcome home Hokulea! What a wonderful journey and adventure you have had. Mahalo for sharing it with the world. I was overwhelmed to see you in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2014. And have loved following you around the world. Aloha to Nainoa from a fellow Pun ’72! Tell your sister hi for me. We were in Brownies together!

  5. p tyler
    calfornia
    June 9, 11:22 pm

    the three year voyage of Hokule.
    is the most significant
    real news of our sland earth

  6. Maria Grace
    San Antonio, TX
    June 9, 10:36 pm

    Amazing journey, you have touched my soul, for many others, I’m sure.. Take care of the earth and sea, it will provide for you. Much aloha to all the crew on this epic journey ❤