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Hokule'a crews work to eradicate ants aboard canoe

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 06:03 p.m. HST, May 14, 2014

Days before they're scheduled to leave Oahu for a long-anticipated sail around the world, crews of the Hokule'a are working to eradicate an ant infestation affecting part of the vessel, according to Polynesian Voyaging Society officials.

The renowned voyaging canoe will be covered and fumigated Thursday to eliminate the unexpected pests, which crews discovered last week while preparing for the voyage, a 26-nation odyssey that PVS has been planning for the past six years.

Hokule'a and its escort canoe, the Hikianalia, are slated to depart Oahu for Hilo on Saturday.

PVS is "not projecting any delays" to the two double-hulled canoes' Oahu departure, spokeswoman Marisa Hayase said Wednesday.

Despite Hokule'a's masts being removed and the vessel itself being covered, the public can still visit the canoes Thursday during PVS' final open house hours, 4 to 7 p.m., to view them before they embark for Hilo.

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Mythman wrote:
Who is underwriting the insurance coverage? Do you have waive all claims in order to sail on the vessels?
on May 14,2014 | 06:42PM
Slow wrote:
The policy has an ant exclusion. And a two bite deductible.
on May 14,2014 | 08:15PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Do they realize how stupid this whole thing sounds?
on May 14,2014 | 07:21PM
Hotel wrote:
The Jones Act, covers any person on a vessel that accepts anything of value whilst aboard. In the Don Trask case in San Francisco, the "value" was a beer and a pretzel. The "splinter" she received on board required multiple surgeries. Lawyers got involved. Don went broke. Sometimes comes to down to the level and care of maintenance of the vessel.
on May 14,2014 | 07:34PM
Slow wrote:
The crew has always been 100% male. No anties allowed.
on May 14,2014 | 08:13PM
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