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When did the Hokulea set sail?

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Asked by: Leah Villarreal

History of Hokulea First pushing off in March 1975, the Hokulea made her famous maiden voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976. The primary goal of this first trip was to support the theory of Asiatic origin of native Oceanic people, Polynesians and Hawaiians.

When did the Hokulea start?

Hōkūleʻa is a performance-accurate waʻa kaulua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Launched on 8 March 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, she is best known for her 1976 Hawaiʻi to Tahiti voyage completed with exclusively traditional navigation techniques.

Where was the Hokulea built?

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Built in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and launched on March 8, 1975.

When did the Hokulea capsize?

March 16, 1978

At 6:30 pm on March 16, 1978, Hokule’a left Ala Wai Harbor in Honolulu on a voyage to Tahiti. The plan was to document a round-trip navigated without instruments and to test traditional lauhala sails and traditionally preserved food.

Who built Hokulea?

The Building of the Hokule`a – 1973-75. Hokule’a was completed and launched by the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) in 1975. The voyaging canoe was built in order to challenge the notion that Polynesians had discovered and settled the Pacific islands by accident.

What happened to the Hokulea?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia departed from Oahu on Monday after being delayed due to a COVID-19 exposure. A crew member on a training voyage tested positive for COVID-19, halting the original 7:30 a.m. departure.

Where is Hokulea now 2022?


The canoes are tentatively scheduled to depart Sand Island, Oʻahu on March 30, 2022 (weather permitting) and will arrive in Papeete, Tahiti at the end of April. As part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s (PVS) succession plan, next generation voyaging leaders will captain and navigate the two canoes to Tahiti.

Did the Hokulea make it around the world?

The Hokulea has successfully completed the three-year voyage around the world. It’s like going back in time. The voyaging canoe arrived home, and thousands of proud Hawaiians converged at Honolulu’s Ala Wai Boat Harbor to welcome the historical sailing craft.

Why did Hawaiians stop voyaging?

Nobody knows the reason for The Long Pause, or why the Polynesians started voyaging again. Several theories have been proposed—from a favorable wind caused by a sustained period of El Niño, to visible supernovas luring the stargazing islanders to travel, to ciguatera poisoning caused by algae blooms.

Who was the first navigator for the Hokulea?

Mau Piailug

On that first voyage, we were facing cultural extinction. There was no navigator from our culture left. The Voyaging Society looked beyond Polynesia to find a traditional navigator to guide Hōkūle’a: Mau Piailug, a navigator from a small island called Satawal, in Micronesia.

How old was Mau when he first started sailing?

age four

His grandfather took him out to sail with him at age four. Mau told me that he would get seasick and when he was seven years old, his grandfather would tie his hands and drag him behind the canoe to get rid of that. This was not abuse. This was to get him ready for the task of serving his community as a navigator.

What is the Hokule A?

The Hōkūle’a is a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Hōkūle’a literally translates to “Star of Gladness”. She is named after the star that travels directly above the lattitude of Hawai’i. Her first long-distance was from Hawai’i to Tahiti in 1976.

What is the name of Mau’s island?

It contributed to the emergence of the second Hawaiian cultural renaissance and to a revival of Polynesian navigation and canoe building in Hawaii, New Zealand, Rarotonga and Tahiti. It also sparked interest in traditional wayfinding on Mau’s home island of Satawal.

Mau Piailug
Relatives Urupoa (brother)