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Hokule'a sails to Rapa Nui

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a sailed to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the easternmost point in the Polynesian triangle. The journey, guided by Nainoa Thompson and other navigators, marked the 25th anniversary of Hokule'a and the Polynesian Voyaging Society and celebrated the recovery of cultural knowledge and pride. The 116-day voyage from Hawai'i to Rapa Nui brought the canoe to the most remote island in Polynesia. A very quick 19-day sail from Mangareva brought the crew across the last 1,450 miles of ocean to Rapa Nui where the canoe made landfall on the first pass.

 Sites for further information

Polynesian Voyaging Society: Hokulea Voyages to the Northwester Hawaiian Islands (Polynesian Voyaging Society)
www.pvs-hawaii.com/index.html

Wafinders: A Pacific Odyssey: Polynesian History and Origin: Hokulea: The Rediscovery (PBS)
www.pbs.org/wayfinders/polynesian8.html

"The Sail of the Century" (Star-Bulletin)
starbulletin.com/1999/06/07/hokulea/index.html

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