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Journey tests Hokule‘a crews’ strengths, but also offers liberation

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    The crew celebrates Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) on board the Hokule‘a a few days after departing Cape Town, South Africa, and heading across the Atlantic Ocean for Natal, Brazil.

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    Cleaning the canoe is a collective effort on any voyage. Passing rain is a welcome blessing to freshen the crew and canoe. Even in downtime, crew members will often grab a brush to clean the deck.

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    Fresh fish is always welcome on the canoes. Crew members rely on hand lines to pull in the normal catches of ahi, aku, ono and mahimahi. Once a fish has been caught, the lines are normally brought in for the day since there is no refrigeration to store excess fish.

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    A crew member brushes her hair, silhouetted by the rising sun. Showers are taken behind a curtain in the stern, using salt water and soap specially made for saltwater use. Salt water is also used for washing dishes.

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    Apprentice navigator Haunani Kane spends some downtime in her bunk. With few spaces to hide from the natural elements, the bunk spaces are a welcome place to rest.

The Malama Honua voyage saw 31 crew changes, and each leg was its own unique adventure. Read more

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