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Hokulea Sights the Hawaiian Islands After Incredible 3-Year Voyage

(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.

This tremendous voyaging accomplishment was a fitting way for the crew to celebrate World Oceans Day. One year ago today, Hokulea was in New York at the United Nations to participate in World Oceans Day dialogue about the importance of protecting Island Earth – especially the seas Hokulea has sailed throughout the world these past three years.

“We want thank this crew of Hokulea for sailing with such a high level of excellence and commitment to honoring the tradition of voyaging and ancestral navigation,” said Nainoa Thompson president the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “All of us in the voyaging community are extremely proud of them.”

“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.

From an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

  • Maria Grace

    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 ❤

  • p tyler

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

  • Kanani Oberholzer

    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!

  • Daniel McLafferty

    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!

  • Lynn Simmons

    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!

  • Jill

    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!

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