Hokulea reschedules departure from Hilo due to winds

Hokulea and Hikianalia moored at Pelekai in Hilo Bay

The weather is not working in favor of Hokulea and Hikianalia.

They were supposed to set sail for Tahiti on Saturday for the first international leg of their voyage around the world, but that won’t happen because of the winds.

The voyaging canoes rely on tradewinds for their journey, so the earliest they could leave Hilo for Tahiti is Tuesday.

“What we do is we get everything ready for the canoe, get the crew trained and prepared. The last final decision to go is not ours. It is the winds decision So the winds will tell us when to go and we just wait,” said Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson.

Cultural ceremonies and blessings will still take place Saturday morning.

Hokulea and Hikianalia crew members pose for a group photo outside Naniloa Hotel.

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