Hokule’a is a full-scale replica of a wa’a kaulua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Launched way back in 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, she is best known for her 1976 Hawai’i to Tahiti voyage performed with Polynesian navigation techniques. Many thousands of miles later she is to embark on a much more ambitious voyage.
She began the first leg of a worldwide voyage this week with a “Malama Hawai’i” statewide sail.
During the next four years, Hokule’a and her escort boat and sister canoe, Hikianalia, will travel to 28 countries and stop at 85 international ports – sailing more than 45,000 nautical miles around the world.
“We want to go. It’s time to go,” said Nainoa Thompson, Hokulea’s Captain, told Hawaii News Now.