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Hokule‘a to be fumigated to eliminate ant infestation

By Marcel Honoré


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 Oahu departure of the two double-hulled canoes, spokeswoman Marisa Hayase said Wednesday. 

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

They're docked at the Marine Education and Training Center, at 10 Sand Island Parkway, where PVS officials and volunteers have been working intently on final preparations before the vessels leave.

From Hilo, Hokule'a and Hikianalia will leave Hawaii later this month for Tahiti and the first leg of the canoes' worldwide voyage.

PVS officials want to get rid of the ants strictly because they want to ensure that they don't introduce an invasive species into their future ports of call, Hayase said. "We know how big of an issue it is in Hawaii," she added.

Hayase declined to provide further details about the fumigation itself. She did not know what type of ant species caused the problem on board.

Hokule'a was relaunched in early March into the ocean off Sand Island, near Mokauea Island, after 2 1/2 months in dry dock for repairs. Since then, it and Hikianalia have been based at the dock while occasionally sailing in nearby waters ahead of the voyage. 

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manakuke wrote:
During past journeys a pest infested food supplies and the canoe itself. The biting midge was painful indeed!
on May 15,2014 | 03:22AM
Mythman wrote:
Oh, Oh - GMO protestors; setting fire to shark tour boats; kahunas cursing those ripping off the actual aboriginal culture by using it to promote a missionary school's real estate development interests through re-enacting the actual culture. Scary coincidence, those insects, who do not read the PVS press releases in the SA.
on May 15,2014 | 06:46AM
Puuloa wrote:
Uh oh! Pesticides?!!! Just another Monsanto planted infestation so that the people of Hawaii have to buy their products! Its killing all of us!
on May 15,2014 | 08:21AM
1local wrote:
Is that how the hawaiians did it?
on May 15,2014 | 11:06AM
Starter wrote:
No-no. Not again!
on May 15,2014 | 03:34AM
lokela wrote:
At least they caught the buggahs.
on May 15,2014 | 05:55AM
tiwtsfm wrote:
This was the responsible action to take. If everyone were so conscientious, invasive species would not be a problem.
on May 15,2014 | 06:51AM
DiverDave wrote:
"If everyone were so conscientious", they are doing it because they have to, tiwtsfm. The Polynesians caused widespread damage to these islands long before re-contact.
on May 15,2014 | 07:35AM
8082062424 wrote:
yada yada yada from the hater. what do you do with your self when there no native Hawaiian story for you to post on. you just sit there and let the hate build. sad lil man
on May 15,2014 | 09:10AM
Mythman wrote:
Mr DD divides his dislike evenly between native Hawaiians, Native Hawaiians and Hawaiians. I like to myself try to follow the law of the land directly and solidly instead of drifting without a rudder in the vast reaches of the world wide water.
on May 15,2014 | 10:28AM
holokanaka wrote:
sh-t up dum dum!!!!!
on May 15,2014 | 08:19PM
DiverDave wrote:
I can see from this group above that the truth hurts. Name calling, is that the best you guys got?
on May 15,2014 | 09:12PM
awahana wrote:
Hope nobody comes and loots the Hokule'a overnight like most termite tented homes here in Hawaii nei. Auwe.
on May 15,2014 | 01:01PM
Slow wrote:
With only uncles on board, what's wrong with a few anties?
on May 15,2014 | 06:26PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Hahaha. But eh, get wahines on board too!
on May 15,2014 | 11:47PM