Hawaiian Hokule’a canoe completes trip around the world

A traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe called Hokule’a has finally come ashore, completing the first-ever around the world trip by a watercraft of its kind.

While we recommend not to try a similar journey in our canoes for sale, it’s an incredible achievement, showing just what humans are capable of after the vessel reached the Hawaiian island of Honolulu on Saturday.

The boat, the Hokule’a, took three years to journey around the globe, with the crew forgoing the modern-day tools and equipment for open sea journeys, relying only on the same techniques that were first used by Polynesian settlers hundreds of years ago; the stars, wind and ocean swells.

The canoe was built in the 1970’s and the journey, named Malama Honua voyage, meaning “to care for our Island Earth”, amassed over 40,000 nautical miles when it finally docked at its homecoming party on Honolulu’s Magic Island peninsula this weekend after spreading its vital message on ‘ocean conservation, sustainability and protecting indigenous culture.’

The voyages organisers said:

“Hokule’a has sparked a reawakening of Hawaiian culture, language, identity and revitalised voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific Ocean.”

Naalehu Anthony, crewmember and chief executive director of Hawaiian media company Oiwi TV which documented the trip, spoke fondly of warm welcomes they received wherever they went, saying:

“One of the things I really admire about the voyage, looking back on it, is that we always asked the first nations peoples from these different places for permission to come. We never said we are coming. We said, would it be OK for us to come and honour the native people of this place.”

Before adding that the trip was an “opportunity to celebrate Native knowledge and look at ways that we are more common than we are different”.

You can see the magical homecoming of the Hokule’a canoe by pressing play on the video below, which will inspire you to go on your canoe adventures, albeit a bit shorter!

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