Hokule'a returns to the islands after sailing to 23 countries!!

Hokule'a returns to the islands after sailing to 23 countries!!

The picture above was just at sunset on June 15 on the west end of Molokai where the 5 canoes traveling together came to rest after visiting Kalapapa for a couple of days.  The Hokule'a arrived back to Oahu on Saturday, June 17 after 3 years of sailing around the world, visiting 23 countries. This was a major, historic event.

The Hokule'a and it's sister canoe, the Hikianalia, and the other 3 canoes began to arrive just after 7 am, with the Hokule'a arriving at the Ala Wai boat harbor at 9:45 am to a crowd estimated over 50,000!

The Hokule'a is a source of great pride for the islands with deep ties to the Hawaiian culture. To chart their course around the world, crew members used traditional navigation methods - no instruments! They used the stars, observed the behavior of the animals in the sea and their one mental calculations. As the name Hokule'a translates 'Star of Gladness'.... they brought gladness all around the world as they stopped and visited along the way.