Hokulea declared ant-free, will depart as scheduled

Hokulea
Hokulea

Hokulea has been given the all-clear to set sail Saturday.

Navigator Chad Baybayan gave the good news live on Wake Up 2day Friday morning.

“We got an all-clear sign,” he said. “We’re rid of the ant problem so we’re good to go.”

Hokulea was tented for eight hours Thursday to get rid of an ant infestation in its hulls. The voyaging canoe was left to air out overnight and fumigators returned early Friday to ensure the boat was pest-free.

Now, crews are busy loading supplies and equipment, and preparing the canoe for its voyage.

“We have a really compelling mission, Malama Honua — stewarding the earth, and we just want to collect stories of like-minded organizations who are doing good work and create this network of global campaigns to sustain the planet,” Baybayan said.

Hokulea and its sister ship, Hikianalia, will depart for Hilo as scheduled Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Look for a live report on KHON2 News at 6 p.m.

One week later, they’ll sail to Tahiti on the first leg of their worldwide voyage.

The trip will cover 47,000 miles and visit 28 countries over three and a half years.

Supplies waiting to be loaded.

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