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Weather stalls Hokule'a's departure from Hilo

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hokule‘a and Hikianalia’s departure date has been pushed back again. The two voyaging canoes will leave Hilo for Tahiti no earlier than Wednesday as their crews continue to wait for the winds they need to launch their “Malama Honua” world-wide journey, Polynesian Voyaging Society officials say.

Captains leading the first international leg of “Malama Honua” (“Care for Our Earth”) 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 Captain Nainoa Thompson said Monday, reviewing the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wind reports on his computer at Hilo’s Naniloa Volcanoes Resort.

“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 added. Instead “we have a winter feature that is highly unusual for now.”

Hokule‘a and Hikianalia originally planned to leave Hilo this past Saturday. The vessels’ 26 combined crew members are being encouraged to use the wait time to get added rest, officials said.

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WKAMA wrote:
Why are they sailing at the start of the Pacific hurricane season?
on May 26,2014 | 04:08PM
AJandKJ wrote:
It's the start of the Northern Hemisphere's hurricane season, but the end of the southern hemisphere's, and they are heading for Tahiti and points beyond, so aside from the couple of weeks it will take to get past the equator, it is actually a safe time to sail.
on May 26,2014 | 09:47PM
Mythman wrote:
Aw shucks, does this mean trustee Thompson is not saving the ocean as the press releases promised us? And how does this comport with the "saving" of those lost Hawaiian skills and arts: "Bishop Estate's Kamehameha Schools trustee Nainoa Thompson said Monday, reviewing the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wind reports on his computer at Hilo’s Naniloa Volcanoes Resort"?
on May 26,2014 | 06:51PM
Eradication wrote:
Get a life...If you're not interested why do you comment. Why don't you just crawl back under your rock. I just don't get how everything you post is so negative. Yours must be a lonely, cruel life. So sad.
on May 26,2014 | 09:21PM
false wrote:
"neither rain nor sleet nor" -- aw never mind.
on May 26,2014 | 06:57PM
Eradication wrote:
We do not control the wind or the weather. The "mainland" mindset prevails in these comments.
on May 26,2014 | 09:22PM
false wrote:
What mainland mindset? I'm only reciting the mail carrier's mantra and how they don't let mother nature interfere with their mission. Not so our brave voyagers.
on May 26,2014 | 10:15PM
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