The Hokule`a and companion ship Hikianalia set sail on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 on the World Wide Voyage which will take 4 years and go around the world. The pair of canoes will travel a total of 47,000 miles, visit 26 countries and enter 85 ports. On their first leg of the journey and for the next 12 months, both vessels will travel around Hawaii.
The vision for the World Wide Voyage is to Malama Honua, or Care for the Earth. The crew and vessel will carry this message on their journey, “to become a catalyst for positive change in Hawaii by constantly learning from and nurturing relationships worldwide that share the values of and responsibility for, caring for island Earth, her oceans and children, while honoring our heritage and perpetuating our culture. ”
Although we may not be on the canoes master navigator Nainoa Thompson talked about us (the public) as being the “third canoe” able to share in the World Wide Voyage. The Hikianalia is equipped with all the technology to transmit ship to ship via wifi and from ship to shore with 4g. Further out, beyond the reach of land based communications, the vessels will communicate via satellite. The primary sites to stay in contact with Hokule`a and Hikianalia are:
- World Wide Voyage website: Hokulea.org
- Twitter account: @HokuleaWWV
- Facebook page: Facebook.com/HokuleaWWV
- Flickr photos: Flickr.com/photos/polynesianvoyagingsociety/
The slideshow above was during the press conference and the launch of the two vessels on May 29, 2013 from the Marine Education and Training Center on Sand Island.