Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha

Polynesian Voyaging Society
Polynesian Voyaging Society

This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a from Kāne‘ohe Bay. And while the canoe is currently in dry dock as it prepares for its next journey to Australia, crew members are planning a series of educational events throughout the week. HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with education specialist and apprentice navigator Linda Furuto, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

The following events celebrate Hōkūle‘a's 40th Anniversary:

March 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson
Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a sailed back to Auckland this weekend.  It’s where she’ll remain for the next few months until she departs for Australia in April. The crew’s focus now shifts to education, a vital part of the Malama Honua voyage around the world. HPR's Molly Solomon spoke with Manuwai Peters from the state's Department of Education about an upcoming opportunity for dozens of Hawaii teachers.

Oiwi TV / Aina Paikai
Oiwi TV / Aina Paikai

Hōkūle‘a continues its sail around the world. She’s currently spending time in Wellington, New Zealand, the farthest south the voyaging canoe has ever gone. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with Hōkūle‘a crew member and ‘Ōiwi TV photographer Aina Paikai, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Later this week, Hōkūle‘a will sail through the Cook Straight to South Island. They’ll remain in New Zealand until April, when they plan to sail to Australia.

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Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha
Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha

As we sail into the New Year, crew members from the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia consider lessons they’ve learned over the past year at sea. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of them as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha
Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha

Crew members from Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia are taking a break from voyaging this week to enjoy the holidays. Over the past six months, the two canoes have traveled across the pacific, visiting ports in Samoa, Tahiti and now New Zealand. And they haven’t come empty-handed. At each port, they’ve given gifts to the different communities that have hosted them. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with crew member Pōmai Bertelmann, as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha

The voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia have arrived in Auckland, New Zealand. They were joined by a fleet of six traditional Pacific canoes at an opening ceremony, as they entered Auckland’s Okahu Bay. As part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha, HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with Hikianalia crew member Dennis Chun.

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Todd Yamashita / Polynesian Voyaging Society
Todd Yamashita / Polynesian Voyaging Society

It’s been five months since the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia began their sail around the world. The two canoes are making their way through Aotearoa, or New Zealand, where they’ll stay for the next six months. We checked in with Punahou middle school teacher and Hōkūle‘a education specialist, Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

The extended stay means crew members will continue to participate in educational outreach while also making repairs to the canoes.

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Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

And now an update from Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. The sister canoes are on their way to the last stop of this leg of their journey around the world…New Zealand, or Aotearoa. HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with Ka‘iulani Murphy, a learning navigator on board Hōkūle‘a, as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

The 1,500 nautical mile trip across the Pacific marks the first time Hōkūle‘a has returned to New Zealand since 1985. Following a welcoming ceremony in Aotearoa, the next crew will continue on to Auckland.

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Oiwi TV / Nā‘ālehu Anthony
Oiwi TV / Nā‘ālehu Anthony

And now an update from voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. The sister canoes are continuing to sail through Tonga and arrived in Nukuʻalofa, where they were welcomed ashore by local government officials and community members. We checked in with Hōkūle‘a navigator Ka‘iulani Murphy, as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.  

Oiwi TV / Sam Kapoi
Oiwi TV / Sam Kapoi

The voyaging canoes Hōkūlea and Hikianalia are wrapping up their time in Samoa. The crew departed from Swains Island last week and are on their way to Pago Pago in American Samoa. ‘Ōiwi TV editor and Hikianalia crewmember Maui Tauotaha gave us an update as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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