Hokulea back in Pa­cific af­ter canal cross­ing

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - STATE/NATION -

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawai­ian sail­ing ca­noe on an around-the-world jour­ney has passed through the Panama Canal and is back in Pa­cific waters for the first time in nearly two years.

The Poly­ne­sian Voy­ag­ing So­ci­ety said in a news re­lease that Hokulea and its crew made it to the Pa­cific side of the canal Wed­nes­day.

A ship had been used to tow the dou­ble-hulled ca­noe across the canal’s strong cur­rents.

Hokulea had ar­rived in Colon, Panama, on Jan. 2, about two weeks af­ter leav­ing Key West, Florida.

Ca­noe Cap­tain Bruce Blanken­feld said they had been sched­uled to start mov­ing through the canal Mon­day, but a two-day jour­ney across three sets of locks caused the de­lay.

The crew is ex­pected to stay in Bal­boa, Panama, for about a week be­fore head­ing out to the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands, the voy­ag­ing so­ci­ety said.

That trip is es­ti­mated to last about 10 days and will be the first of about seven more legs on the crew’s world­wide voy­age.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Poly­ne­sian voy­ag­ing ca­noe Hokulea sails March 25 from Key West, Fla.

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