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Hokule‘a crew gets inside look at ocean museum

  • COURTESY OIWI TV / POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY

    Visitors come to check out Hōkūleʻa in Salem.

  • COURTESY OIWI TV / POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY

    Details of the braided human hair strands that make up the revered lei niho palaoa in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

  • COURTESY OIWI TV / POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY

    A kupeʻe, or anklet, made of boar tusks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The voyaging canoe Hokule‘a continued its Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage on Saturday with a journey from Salem, Mass., to Portsmouth, N.H.

The crew left Salem at 6:30 a.m., Hawaii time, and arrived seven and a half hours later in Portsmouth, where they were greeted by members of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, led by Chief Paul Pouliot.

Today, the crew hosted canoe tours in Newcastle.

Hokule‘a will remain in Portsmouth until Tuesday, when it leaves for Portland, Maine.

During the Salem stop, the crew was given an inside look at the Peabody Essex Museum’s Oceanic Arts and Culture Gallery, which is closed to the public for renovations.

The museum includes some 20,000 objects from more than 36 island groups in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. The collection includes 5,000 objects from Hawai‘i, among them one of three surviving statue images of the Hawaiian god Kukailimoku. The other carved statues are housed at the British Museum in London and Honolulu’s Bishop Museum.

The East Coast leg of the voyage will conclude with two final stops in Maine: Hurricane Island from July 20 to 22, and Mt. Desert from July 22 to 27.

The crew will embark on its return to Hawaii in January.

On its return trip, Hokule‘a will head back down the East Coast then proceed through Panama, Galapagos Island, Rapa Nui, Pitcairn Island and Tahiti.

Hokule‘a is expected back in Hawaiian waters in June.

Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hokule‘a has sailed more than 26,000 nautical miles and made stops in 14 countries and 70 ports. More than 200 volunteers have helped to sail the canoe.

In all, the worldwide voyage to promote sustainability is expected to cover more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports and 27 nations.

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  • The voyaging society sailors have been treated like kings everywhere they go. Nice to see that aloha on the mainland. Interesting to note that the society was started by a white man and funded largely by whites as myth man suggested. Interesting backstory to all of this I am sure.

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