Mark your cal­en­dar

Hokule‘a to come full cir­cle upon sail­ing to Hawaii Is­land in April

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By TOM CALLIS

Af­ter cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe for three years, Hokule‘a’s his­toric Malama Honua voy­age will of­fi­cially come full cir­cle in April when the dou­ble-hulled sail­ing ca­noe re­turns to Hawaii Is­land.

The trip is part of a statewide ma­halo sail that’s been oc­cur­ring since the crew re­turned home in June.

Hokule‘a em­barked on its around-the-world voy­age from Hilo Bay in May 2014.

The ca­noe will leave Honolulu on the 60-hour sail to Hawaii Is­land, ar­riv­ing April 21 in Wailoa Har­bor, said Kalepa Bay­bayan, Hokule‘a nav­i­ga­tor and cap­tain.

Events at the dock will in­clude tours of the ca­noe, school field trips and an ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity fair.

“My hope is to get every sin­gle school-age child to visit the ca­noe while the ca­noe is here for the six weeks,” Bay­bayan told Hawaii County Coun­cil mem­bers dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion Tues­day. He said he is

build­ing a ramp to make the ca­noe wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

Hokule‘a will ar­rive May 5 at Kawai­hae and May 12 at Kailua-Kona. Bay­bayan said other pos­si­ble stops in­clude Miloli‘i and Honau­nau.

Hokule‘a will de­part back to Oahu on May 26.

As part of the ma­halo sail, Hokule‘a has vis­ited Maui and Kauai and is vis­it­ing Molokai this month.

Bay­bayan said the trip to Hawaii Is­land will be the hard­est for the crew be­cause they will be sail­ing into the trade winds.

“Any­time you go east from Oahu up­wind, it’s an en­deavor,” he said.

Bay­bayan said the crew will use a sail­ing tech­nique known as tack­ing, which in­volves mak­ing a zigzag pat­tern, to sail against the wind.

A tug­boat will ac­com­pany the ca­noe to help keep it on sched­ule if needed.


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