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Holomoana - Sail Plan

Ho’okele, meaning “to steer,” is also the term for navigator and voyager.  When we think about steering a wa’a kaulua (double-hulled canoe), what comes to mind is the hoe uli, the long steering paddle that guides the canoe along the ala kai, or “sea road.”  

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ʻEʻe mai – Come aboard!

After many months in drydock, the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia canoes are strong, fast and ready for the many journeys ahead.

To prepare for the 2022 — 2026 Moananuiākea Voyage For the Pacific, shorter sails will take place in 2021 that provide training experiences for the crew and learning opportunities about the oceanic environment.

Weather and world health conditions permitting, the year will culiminate with a pilgrimage to Marae Taputapuātea in Raʻiātea, French Polynesia, a sacred mecca for navigators, where spirtual leaders and elders will bestow blessings on the two waʻa and the crew.

Track the Voyage

Learn more about the Voyage and Crew Members thru the VOYAGE DASHBOARD. Here you will find crew updates, navigation reports and the ability to track the crew in real time.

Our Partners

Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.
The “Third Canoe” is a platform of communications and education initiatives that will allow room on the deck for a global “crew” of partners connected by common values who are protecting the earth through diverse ways including education, storytelling, science, art, music, poetry, indigenous wisdom and policy-making. The “Third Canoe” will inspire people to action and to make good choices around the Pacific and the world.