Crew member says ancestors led way in journey

Canoe returning to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage

Canoe returning to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage

Thousands were on hand to welcome it Saturday when the double-hulled canoe Hokulea returned home to Hawaii after a three-year journey around the world.

An apprentice navigator on the double-hulled canoe that made it home to Hawaii after an around-the-world trip says the successful journey taught her the value of ancient Polynesian maritime techniques.

About a dozen crew members for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature's cues - ocean swells, stars, wind, birds- and their own naau, or gut, to sail about 74,000km to 19 countries, over 150 ports, spreading a message of malama honua - which means caring for the earth. They managed to find one of the most elusive of the Easter Islands, a major accomplishment for traditional sailors.

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Fish they caught for meals never went to waste, even when the crew once landed a 49-pound ahi, crewmember Naalehu Anthony, who participated in about half-a-dozen legs of the voyage, recalled in a blog post.

In celebration of Hokulea's grand homecoming following its worldwide voyage, the Polynesian Voyaging Society has welcomed the public to gather for a three-day summit to discuss stories of hope inspired by the voyage.

Crew members hoped the success of the latest journey would inspire other indigenous cultures to rediscover and revive their traditions. "And I think that is the challenge of the time for planet earth and all of humanity". "In fact too much — because we do not have any refrigeration, we either need to consume it, share it or dry it".

"We'll towel-off right away to try to get as much salt off us as possible", Amimoto said.

The voyage had challenges, and reaching South Africa in 2015 - the journey's halfway point - was the most unsafe leg because of complicated ocean conditions. Last year, the crew joined a diplomatic meeting in Cuba with the USA and discussed cultural connections between the nations.

After returning, Hokule'a will embark on an eight-month trip sailing throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

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