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.”
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.