For the past 3 days the Hōkūleʻa from the PolynesianVoyaging Society has been moored off the shore of dog friendly Kailua Beach. Dog owners have had an extra treat while walking their pets along the beach. With this week’s full moon the Hōkūleʻa was a magical sight as the moonlight shone on the calm waters of Kailua Bay.
This Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe is best known for her 1976 Hawaiʻi to Tahiti voyage performed with Polynesian navigation techniques, without modern navigational instruments. A secondary goal of the project was to have the canoe and voyage "serve as vehicles for the cultural revitalization of Hawaiians and other Polynesians."
After it departed from Kahana Bay on October 13, Hōkūleʻa headed for her final stops on the 2013 statewide sail: Kailua, Waimānalo, Maunalua Bay, and Ko Olina. The Mālama Hawai’i statewide sail ends on Nov. 1, after which Hōkūleʻa will return to HCC’s Marine Education and Training Center (METC) on Sand Island to prepare for 2014 departure to Tahiti, the first international stop on her Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.