Hawaiian Canoe Hōkūle’a in United States as part of worldwide journey
The voyaging canoe Hōkūle’a, on a worldwide voyage, is back in the United States after one of the longest legs in its sailing history – an approximately 3,500-mile trek across the Atlantic Ocean. Currently in Tangier Island, Virginia, the canoe will be in Alexandria, Virginia Sunday, May 15 and Monday May 16 for tours and crew outreach.
The Hōkūle’a will first arrive at the pier at Waterfront Park in Alexandria, Virginia on Sunday, May 15, where the Hawaiian canoe will be open for tours and you can learn about the canoe’s worldwide voyage. Tours on Sunday will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The canoe will then dock up stream at City Marina on Monday, May 16 where the canoe will be open for tours from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hōkūle’a is a full-scale replica of a wa’a kaulua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Launched in Spring 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the canoe has sailed across the globe.
Since departing Hawaii with her sister vessel Hikianalia in May 2014, Hōkūle’a has sailed more than 21,500 nautical miles and has made stops in 12 countries and 55 ports. The trip is part of “Malama Honua”, a three-year circumnavigation of the earth. The journey will cover 47,000 nautical miles with stops at 85 ports in 26 different countries.
After its stop at Alexandria’s waterfront, Hōkūle’a will sail up the East Coast to New York City, where it will be a focal point at World Oceans Day events hosted by the United Nations on June 8.
(Photo of the Hōkūle’a via Polynesian Voyaging Society on Facebook)