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Weather delays departure of voyaging canoes

By Marcel Honoré

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The winds off Hawaii island still haven't shifted in their favor to sail, so Hoku­le‘a and Hiki­ana­lia will wait at least one more day before launching into the open sea.

The two voyaging canoes will leave Hilo for Tahiti no earlier than midweek as their crews continue to wait for the winds they need to launch the first international leg of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's "Malama Honua" (Care for Our Earth) worldwide journey.

Captains leading the sail had been preparing to leave Tuesday. Now they're planning to depart sometime Wednesday or Thursday.

"The day that looks best by the forecast is Thursday. We need to get east on this trip, so you need winds northeast. And we don't have that," Hoku­le‘a skipper Nai­noa Thompson said Monday, reviewing the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wind reports on his computer at Hilo's Nani­loa Volcanoes Resort.

The hotel has housed the canoes' crews and support staff for nearly a week. It's about a half-mile from the Pale­kai inlet off Hilo Bay, where Hoku­le‘a and Hiki­ana­lia are anchored in calm waters, undergoing last-minute fixes and awaiting departure. The canoes' crews had originally planned to leave Hilo on Saturday.

"This is a really unusual weather pattern. You know, we designed the sail plan to be in a summer feature with a high pressure established that brings very stable, very predictable winds," Thompson said. Instead "we have a winter feature that is highly unusual for now."

The delay is also affording the vessels' combined 26 crew members the chance to get added rest and avoid sickness after a frenetic pace in the past several weeks. In addition to public goodbyes on Oahu and Hawaii island, which involved myriad community events, crew members have been involved in intense canoe work — all while endeavoring to prepare mentally and emotionally for the weeks ahead at sea.

Three crew members have reported having scratchy throats in recent days — but nothing serious enough to delay departure or quarantine those members, PVS spokes­woman Kim Ku‘u­lei Birnie said Monday.

The Naniloa, where the crew is staying, is several paces from the puu­ho­nua on Moku­ola island — traditionally a Hawaiian place of refuge and rebirth. On Saturday, before crews knew that they would be staying even longer in Hilo, Thompson mused on their wait for the right winds.

"Some would say the winds are bad. The winds are never bad. The winds are what they are," he said. "Departure is never a human decision. Departure is the wind will tell you when to go."






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Mythman wrote:
Oh, Oh, news that this is not recreating Mau's wayfaring except as a re-enactment is creeping into the controlled story line: "Thompson said Monday, reviewing the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wind reports on his computer at Hilo's Nani­loa Volcanoes Resort.". Now if the trustee had mentioned Oracle along with computer, maybe Larry Ellision would be footing the thirty million dollar PR stunt cost attached to "saving" the ocean.
on May 27,2014 | 04:24AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Wait just a minute. Nainoa Thompson said "The day that looks best by the forecast is Thursday.” Forecast? The Hoku¬le‘a is supposed to travel and navigate using traditional navigation techniques which did not include forecasts, so why are they waiting until Thursday.
on May 27,2014 | 08:30AM
waikiicapt wrote:
A quick review of the NWS weather info on their website, there is ample wind off the east side of Big Isle now (and has been since yesterday), the direction the canoes will first sail in order to eventully head south on a good course. In fact the wind is forcast to be E to ENE for several days, with 10 to 15 knots coastwise and higher still further offshore. Small craft advisories are presently in effect on the SE coast. I believe the canoes are waiting (rightfully so) not because of weather, but to provide rest for the fatigued crew, from too many 'events' planned for their departure. As the article mentions, some had 'scratchy throats' implying that a few crew may be sick from exhaustion. Wise move. But I would hope for all their sakes, that safe navigation is directing the future decisions affecting the canoes and their crews...and not be overwhelmed by "promotional aspects" of the voyage from PVS management back in Hawaii.
on May 27,2014 | 08:36AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Forecast? Computer models? Not exactly traditional navigation.
on May 27,2014 | 09:11AM
paulokada wrote:
Eddie went.
on May 27,2014 | 06:43AM
tiwtsfm wrote:
Yes, and maybe Eddie should have rethought it.
on May 27,2014 | 06:56AM
Mythman wrote:
Please, let's leave the great Eddie out of this now......
on May 27,2014 | 07:43AM
Mythman wrote:
This is the smartest thing I ever heard Trustee Thompson say. He should heed his own words of wisdom: "Some would say the winds are bad. The winds are never bad. The winds are what they are," he said. "Departure is never a human decision. Departure is the wind will tell you when to go." The WWW intervened since the painter first dreamed this promotional stunt up.
on May 27,2014 | 07:43AM
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