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posted by davek on May 14

Today we being our series on the Hokule’a and her sister ship theĀ  Hikianalia. These are Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoes. The Hokule’a is most famous for her Hawaii to Tahiti voyage in 1976 which used Polynesian navigation techniques and no modern navigational instruments. Since then it has made nine other voyages to Micronesia, Polynesia, Japan, Canada and the continental United States. This has allowed Hawaiians to pass down ancient wayfinding techniques of celestial navigation to a new generation before the knowledge is lost. On May 23 both canoes will be heading to Hilo and then on to Tahiti. There is a final open house on May 15, 2014 where you can see the boats up close and talk to some of those who will be making the journey. This free open house is at 4-7pm at the Marine Educations and Training Center (METC) at 10 Sand Island Parkway (first right after crossing the bridge).

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