Using only the motion of the waves and the stars in the tradition of the first Polynesians who first found their way to the Hawaiian Islands, the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokulea, reached Cape Town, halfway point on her three-year circumnavigation.
The twin-hulled, full-scale replica of a wa’a kaulua was launched in 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Hokulea’s mission is to revive Polynesian navigational techniques. Her fi rst voyage to Tahiti in 1976 made her an icon of the Native Hawaiian renaissance.
She sailed from Hawaii last year on this latest voyage which is expected to end in 2017 after over 60,000 nautical miles and 100 ports in 27 nations.
This current voyage, Malama Honua or “to care for our Earth”, can be tracked in real time on www. hokulea.com/track-the-voyage.