A new crew will be arriving in Bali next week. They will leave for Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, in about a week and a half.
The crew says it should take about two more days to get to their destination.
Towing did allow them to stop at the marine protected area Ashmore Reef, where an unexpected guest came by to say “hello.”
Hokulea is about halfway to her destination of Bali, due to arrive around August 1.
Arrival in Bali is expected around August 1.
Will sail from August 14 to December 11, starting with Hilo, and ending at Nawiliwili in Kaua’i.
Hokule’a has left Thursday Island, and Hikianalia on her way back home to O’ahu.
Staff from the Nature Conservancy are also on board to conduct scientific research near the island of Nihoa in the Marine National Monument.
An indigenous elder shared the creation chant of the Great Barrier Reef and how the Aborigines traditionally cared for it.
Hikianalia left Tahiti 26 days ago under the guidance of three young apprentice navigators.
Groups of students watched from Hawai’i and New Zealand
The crew is just northeast of Hawai’i, approaching the Alenuihaha channel.
Depending on weather, Hokulea will sail to the Great Barrier Reef this weekend.
Hokule’a is on its way to Townsville, Australia, and Hikianalia is expected to arrive home in Hawai’i in about a week or so.
Hikianalia has crossed the equator and is about at the halfway mark on her way home to Hawai’i.
Hokulea has sailed about 120 miles and has about 300 to go before arrival.
A ceremony was held in Sydney harbor to welcome the crew.