June 8, Polynesian sail canoe Hokule’a arrives New York City http://www.hokulea.com/. Hawaii’s Polynesian
Two sail canoes from Hawaii have been sailing around the world since 2014. Hokule’a (means Star of Gladness) and Hikianalia of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) started from Hawaii on a five year worldwidevoyage. They are two traditionally designed voyaging canoes, replicas of the canoes that brought the firstHawaiians to their island home.
Hōkūle’a and sister canoe Hikianalia are 62’x20’ double-hulled canoes, similar to the ones that Polynesian
ancestors sailed. Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life.
This voyage is being done almost entirely using traditional Polynesian navigation methods, called wayfinding, as did the late Micronesian Mau Piailug. Kaleo Wong is one of their navigators. Navigators carefully study and revere nature for direction. Wayfinding involves the use of only one’s natural surroundings - stars, clouds, waves, wind, currents, birds and wildlife to guide them. The New York Times magazine March 20, 2016, has an article on wayfinding “Secrets of the Wave Pilots” online and “Sixth Sense” in print edition. Sailing across the Pacific Ocean, they are amid whales, dolphins, storms, and calm winds.
In January 2016, they left the coast of Africa and and sailed to Brazil. This spring they are sailing to the US and up the Potamac River to meet with President Obama. They plan to be in New York City by June 8.
Let’s have a meet-up to see them in New York! To learn more and track their voyage, use the website http://www.hokulea.com/. Hawaii’s Polynesian Voyaging Society website has a wealth of information.
If interested to meet them on or before June 8 contact Marilyn Vogel, firstname.lastname@example.org.