Polynesian voyaging canoe visits museum
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is hosting the 61-foot double-hulled traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a at its docks on Rondout Creek through Saturday.
Hokule’a is visiting Kingston as part of the 2016 East Coast leg of her Worldwide Voyage. The vessel will be open to the public for free deck tours led by the volunteer crew from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.
The vessel was launched on March 8, 1975, in Kualoa, Hawaii, by the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Hokule’a means “Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian. The vessel is 61.4 feet long and 21 feet wide, with a double-hulled construction of wood, fiberglass and composite, and two sails.
Since the launch in 1975, Hokule’a has sailed more than 140,000 nautical miles using ancient Polynesian wayfinding techniques. The current Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 and will conclude in 2017.
More info: www.hokulea.com.