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Saturday, May 31, 2014

HOKULEA AND HIKIANALIA LEAVE ON WORLD TOUR




Hilo Bay was the aloha setting yesterday for 29 dedicated crew members.  It was more than a year ago that I posted on the upcoming world tour of the Hokulea (left), a replica of a wa'a kailua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe, and Hikianalia (right), the larger and younger escort vessel:

Hokulea, built in 1975, is named after the star Arcturus, which passes directly over the Big Island.


Hikianalia, built in 2012, is name after the star Spica, which breaks the horizon with Arcturus in Hawaii.


                                             Hokulea      Hikianalia

Displacement                       12.5 tons       30 tons
Draft                                      2' 6"              6' 5"
Weight                                  7 tons           10 tons
Carrying capacity                  5.5 tons        20 tons
Cost                                      $125,000*     $ 1 million
Mast height                           31 feet          40 feet
Beam                                    20 feet          23 feet
Length                                   62 feet         72 feet
Main sail                               300 sq feet   400 square feet
Water carried                        250 gal         220 gal

*About $0.5 million today.

Over the next three years the canoes will travel west the equivalent of twice the circumference of Planet Earth on 25 legs, visiting 85 ports in 26 countries.  The return will be dependent on the weather and potential tribulations like major ocean storms, pirates and gigantic tankers.  Polynesian Voyaging Society President Nainoa Thompson (here with wife Kathy Muneno, news anchor for KHON2, and one of their twins)  will be the navigator and lead for at the least the first leg.  While he is 58, many of the 300 sailors scheduled to join the journey are under 30.

No instruments will be used.  Sailing by the stars means, to get to Tahiti, Thompson (who from 1976 learned from Mau Piailug of Micronesia) will need to traverse a distance from Maine to San Diego using Polynesian navigation:  sun, stars, winds, clouds, seas, swells, birds and fish, but add astronomy, intuition and everything else.  Speed?  Watch something in front of the craft, count the seconds, and divide by 25 to get speed in knots. How would you like to be the person in charge of distance traveled.  One degree off, and they could be in Antarctica.

You can track the global adventure of the Hokulea and Hikianalia at the web site of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.




The world tour will cost more than $12 million.  Funds to complete the journey are still being sought:
  • Hawaiian Airlines provided up to 32 million miles of travel for the crew.
  • Outrigger Hotels and Starwood each offered half million dollars,
  • Matson will ship anything for them.
  • Bank of Hawaii, $100,000.
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs, $300,000.
Hokulea has already travelled 140,000 miles over the past 39 years.  This next 50K will be a worthwhile challenge, bringing Aloha to the World.


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3 comments:

philong said...

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philong said...

Cám ơn bạn bài viết hay quá !
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philong said...

Cám ơn bạn bài viết hay quá !
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Chuyên trang đăng tin rao vặt miễn phí dành cho người Việt tại Hoa Kỳ
Bao nguoi Viet Rao vat | Báo người Việt Rao Vặt
Rao vặt miễn phí tại : Nguoi Viet Rao Vat