The stop marks the halfway point in the worldwide voyage and the farthest point from Hawaii for Hokulea and her crew.
A contingency of about 60 people, including many students and teachers will leave this week to greet Hokulea in South Africa.
The canoe and her 12 crew members arrived in Port Elizabeth.
The security team will watch over the crew as they make their way to Cape Town, South Africa.
They have about 400 miles more to go, that’s about four or five days, until they reach South Africa.
They will sail from Mauritius to Madagascar to South Africa, possibly taking four to six weeks.
The voyaging canoe Hokulea is scheduled to leave Mauritius for its riskiest leg yet on Thursday.
That sighting means that the crew is exactly where they’re supposed to be which is about 300 miles east of Mauritius.
Hawaii’s voyaging canoe is about two-thirds of the way to the island nation.
Depending on weather, this journey could take another 20 days or so.
The crew reported 5 to 20-foot swells, strong winds and complete cloud cover.
The crew is on Hokulea’s longest leg ever in her 40 years, and voyaging the farthest yet, from home.
Maui police have identified the man as 62-year-old Melvin L. Paoa, a Hokulea crew member from Kaunakakai.
The voyaging canoe is scheduled to depart for Mauritius, next Saturday, weather permitting.
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.