Hokulea bound for Cape Town, dozens from Oahu to participate in grand welcome

The voyaging canoe Hokulea is about to depart Mossel Bay in South Africa Sunday for its next destination on the crew’s riskiest leg yet.

They are only 200 miles to go until the end of this particular leg of her journey around the world, and that will be in Cape Town, where a ceremony honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be held.

A contingency of about 60 people, including many students and teachers from private and public schools from Oahu, will leave this week to greet Hokulea in Cape Town, and to participate in several ceremonies and activities planned.

They held a protocol practice session at Kamehameha Schools during the weekend, headed by Randie Fong.

Depending on weather, Hokulea may have one more stop prior to Cape Town, where they plan to arrive on Nov. 14.

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