HONOLULU, June 20 — Thousands turned out to greet the Hokulea sailing canoe as it returned to Hawaii, having completed a three-year journey around the world using only ancient navigation methods.
The crew looked to the stars, ocean waves and birds to guide them just as the sailors who initially settled in Hawaii did.
The Hokulea is modelled after the double-hulled sailing canoe used by the ancient Polynesians.
Thousands, including some wearing native Hawaiian loincloths called “malos,” cheered as the Hokulea arrived.
Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, says: “Thank you Hawaii. Thank you for the moment. Thank for the 150, 200 canoes that are out there, the thousand watercrafts and the Ali'i (Hawaiian word for 'Chief') here to pay respect to all of this.”
On its website, the stated purpose for Hokulea's journey was to promote “caring for our Earth.” — Reuters