[From an official press release by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.]
After 11 full days on the ocean, Hawaii’s iconic sailing vessel Hokulea and her crew arrived yesterday on Pitcairn Island for the first time in nearly 20 years. During their one-day visit with the Pitcairn community, the crew engaged with one of the families the crew met when Hokulea last visited in 1998. The canoe departed Pitcairn last night and is expected to reach her next stop in the Marquesas Islands in about 10 days.
“To bring Hokulea back to Pitcairn was truly special. It was an amazing opportunity to rekindle relationships with people who have supported us for so long,” said Bruce Blankenfeld, Pwo navigator. “This occasion deepens our bonds as a community and network of island people.”
Nestled in the southern Pacific Ocean, the Pitcairn Islands dot the sea with clusters of volcanic islands and atolls. The islands form the last British Overseas Territory in the Pacific and remains one of the most pristine places on Earth due to its remote location. The island has only 39 permanent residents who showed their support and excitement of hosting Hawaii’s voyaging canoe and led the crew on an island tour.
Now back in the water, Hokulea is on her way to the Marquesas Islands. Hokulea’s last stop will be in Tahiti where she will meet up with her sister canoe, Hikianalia and sail back to Hawaii together on the final leg of the Worldwide Voyage.
The crews will be welcomed with a homecoming ceremony at Magic Island, on June 17, 2017.