Launched in 1975, this replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe has logged more than 100,000 miles on voyages between Hawai'i and the South Pacific and within the Hawaiian Islands. The longest voyage was a Pan-Polynesia campaign in which it was sailed from Hawai'i to Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand; returning by way of Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and the Tuamotu Islands -- more than 16,000 miles. Almost all navigation has been done without instruments, by ancient methods.
Throughout Polynesia Hokule'a was warmly welcomed as a symbol of mutuality among all Polynesians, truly the "space-ship of our ancestors" without which the original exploration and settlement of Polynesia could not have been accomplished. It is frequently used as a floating classroom in educational programs serving Hawai'i's schools.
The name Hokule'a (star of gladness) is Hawaiian for the star Arcturus, which was useful for ancient navigators because it makes its zenith passage directly over Hawai'i. The artist, Herb Kane was co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, principal designer and first captain of Hokule'a. His book Voyagers (Whalesong Publishing, 1991), contains an illustrated essay on how Hawai'i may have been discovered by canoe voyagers from the South Pacific. Other books in print are Pele: Goddess of Hawaii's Volcanoes (revised 1996) and Ancient Hawai'i (March 1998), both by Kawainui Press.
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