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Hokule‘a crews spread message via video chats, email and tours

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    On the outskirts of Australia lies North Stradbroke Island (Minjerriba), where the students of Dunwich State School were visited by the Hokule‘a crew in June of 2015. Captain Bruce Blankenfeld and apprentice navigator Haunani Kane showed the Hokule‘a’s sail plan on a globe to students.

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    Tahitian crew member Herve Maraetaata recorded a message from the deck of the Hikianalia with the Hokule‘a in the background on the first leg from Hawaii to Tahiti in June 2014.

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    Master navigator Kalepa Baybayan stood at the center of the star compass — a tool used in noninstrument navigation to determine direction while at sea — as he explained navigation techniques to visitors at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland in March 2015.

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