Life at sea as Hokulea, Hikianalia reach halfway point

Photo: Polynesian Voyaging Society/Oiwi TV

The voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia are nearly halfway to Tahiti on their voyage around the world.

Here’s a glimpse of what it’s been like on board. The photos, provided by Polynesian Voyaging Society and Oiwi TV, are from day five at sea.


The “kitchen” on the canoes consists of a couple of burners and some coolers that double as seats.

Besides the physical aspect of sailing, crew members spend a lot of time studying their path and planning for the days ahead.

Before leaving, Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson, who is on Hokulea, described the significance of this leg to Tahiti.

“We see this leg as really the beginning of creating a world-class ocean school that can be used and done by our canoes on an annual basis tied to our educational systems after the voyage,” he said.

Crew members also hold music sessions on board.

Photos: Polynesian Voyaging Society/Oiwi TV

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