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.
Three Hawaii students joined five indigenous high school students from Australia for three days of cross-cultural exchange and sharing of in…
Hikianalia will remain in Tahiti for a brief period of time before embarking for Hawaii with arrival expected in mid-June 2015.
The crew says she is making good time, but her navigator hasn’t been able to rely simply on the stars.
Two days of meetings and ceremonies marked Hokulea’s upcoming departure for Australia.
Hokulea and her crew are in New Zealand awaiting the first sign of good weather before sailing to Australia.
The 15 crewmembers are prepared, and it should take 15 to 20 days until their first stop in the Austral Islands.