Hōkūleʻa Returns to Hawaiʻi!

This past weekend, the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa returned from her three-year-long expedition around the world. For the entire journey, non-instrument wayfinding based on Pacific traditions was the sole means of navigation. Of course I had to be there to see her arrival at Magic Island (Honolulu) on Saturday morning – an experience of a lifetime! On Tuesday, she was docked behind the convention center for public tours, giving me a second opportunity for a closer look and even a brief visit on board.

Mahalo to the crew members (Kalei, Kaniela, Hina, Kula, Kaipo, Rex, Brad, and Kawai) for indulging my many questions and allowing me to sketch the Hōkūleʻa up close!

A few weeks prior, I also attended a presentation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa about the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage given by master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld and crew member Haunani Kane.

What an amazing voyage – congratulations to all who were involved!

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