Navigated by Sun and Stars, Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe Hokule’a Is Officially Halfway Around the World in Mossel Bay, South Africa

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: Na’alehu Anthony/Polynesian Voyaging Society and ‘Oiwi TV.

Congratulations to Hōkūleʻa and crew on reaching Mossel Bay, South Africa, and their successful passage of the Indian Ocean!

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Approaching South African waters, Hōkūleʻa pays customary respect to their hosting nation by flying their ensign. Photo: Sam Kapo/’Oiwi TV.

South Africa marks the officially halfway point of the canoe’s circumnavigation. She’ll head into the South Atlantic for a long crossing over to Brazil. (View a Google map of their proposed route here.)

Hōkūleʻa is a 62-foot replica of the traditional voyaging canoes upon which the Polynesians are generally believed to have sailed the Pacific. This Hōkūleʻa voyage (her second–the first happened in 1976) hopes, once and for all, to set that record straight.

Watch an update from chilled but thawing crewman Kālepa Baybayan below, follow Hōkūleʻa on Instagram and on their blog, and we’ll continue post occasional updates along the way. By June of 2016, they hope to be sailing their way through New York Harbor and up the Hudson.

–OJB

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