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Sending off Hokule'a on around-the-globe journey

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 10:21 p.m. HST, May 17, 2014

Several hundred people gathered at a Sand Island dock Saturday to bid a hui hou to Hokule'a, hours before the voyaging canoe left Oahu for its ambitious three-year journey around the world.

Throughout the afternoon, well-wishers posed for pictures with crew members, performed live Hawaiian music and danced, and got a last glimpse of Hokule'a before it embarks on the first international leg its Malama Honua (Care for the Earth) voyage.

Meanwhile, crews of Hokule'a and its escort canoe, Hikianalia, made last-minute preparations -- loading the two boats with supplies, fastening lashings and other tasks.

The double-hulled canoes departed at sunset for Hilo, a sail that crew members say will take at least two days. 

Earlier in the day, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, esteemed oceanographer Sylvia Earle and ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau wished Thompson and his fellow Malama Honua crew members a safe, successful voyage. 

The trio are members of the Ocean Elders, a group of renowned scientists, artists and activists formed in 2010 to advocate for ocean conservation.

"We all have a role to play in the most crucial battle of survival, because the world can't take it very much longer," Browne said Saturday. "If the oceans don't make it, neither will we."

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64hoo wrote:
good luck on your journey just stay away from the pirate waters, so we don't have to send the military in to rescue you. our prayers are with you.
on May 17,2014 | 04:09PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Did we put Hinshaw on it? How about the test of the crooks?
on May 17,2014 | 05:11PM
kekelaward wrote:
Jackson Browne is such a Pretender.

Seriously, Fare thee well Hokule'a and Hikianalia.

on May 17,2014 | 05:54PM
Ronin006 wrote:
I would like to know exactly how the Hokule'a will be navigated to its intended destinations. I have read about how the navigators will use celestial navigation, but you just do not get up one day and start following the sun, moon, stars and such to get to Tahiti or some distant place. Navigators must have a pretty good idea where they are headed based on charts and data recorded by ancient Polynesian mariners who successfully traveled the routes regarding celestial bodies, angles there to, times of day, season of the year and such. So, from where did Hokule'a’s navigators obtain the charts and data for its previous voyages and for its planned three-year odyssey?
on May 17,2014 | 06:38PM
VegasLex wrote:
Safe Voyage
on May 17,2014 | 07:11PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Bon Voyage!
on May 17,2014 | 09:39PM
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