After a landmark stay in New York City, Hawaii’s iconic voyaging canoe Hokulea is sailing Saturday night to her next destination.
Hokulea captain Nainoa Thompson briefed the crew on the difficulties and risks on this next, short leg.
The risks include heavy traffic on the Hudson River, plus strong currents and tides.
They pushed off at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday from Newport, New Jersey, after about 12 days in New York City.
The visit included a ceremony with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Oceans Day.
“Their stay here I would say was epic, they had so much community engagement and in fact at one point, I think they had to limit public tours because there was so many people,” said KHON2’s own Kathy Muneno by phone.
The next stop for Hokulea and the crew of 14 is Block Island, Rhode Island. They should arrive Sunday night or Monday.
Later this year, Hokulea will sail as far as Nova Scotia, before heading south to the gulf and through the Panama Canal around December.