Hokulea and crew braves strong winds en route to Cuba

Provided by Polynesian Voyaging Society/Oiwi TV

Hawaii’s voyaging canoe Hokulea and her crew are sailing by the Dominican Republic Sunday night, little less than half way to their destination in Cuba.

Captain Kalepa Baybayan prepared the crew for strong winds on this leg of the voyage around the world.

Hokulea and her eleven crew members left the British Virgin Islands Friday morning, and so far, about 400 miles were sailed, and about another 650 to go.

They expect to make arrival in Havana, Cuba, in about a week, around March 20, weather-permitting.

That would put them in Cuba at the same time President Obama will become the first president since 1928 to visit the country, he’s due to arrive March 21.

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