Voyaging between Hawai‘i and Tahiti, navigating only by nature’s clues, ended about 600 years ago. It wasn’t until three men dared to dream, in a time of cultural repression, that Hawai‘i’s voyaging heritage had a chance of revival. They formed the Polynesian Voyaging Society 40 years ago, and together with supporters, built the Hōkūleʻa, a replica of ancient long distance canoes.
In 1976 a crew of Native Hawaiians and anthropologists sailed Hōkūleʻa to Tahiti. Their success helped launch a cultural reawakening of Native Hawaiian seafaring heritage, bringing back a pride and dignity that long lay dormant.
Now, 37 years and 135,000 nautical miles later, Hōkūleʻa is set to embark on her most far-reaching voyage yet, around this planet earth. She will leave in June of 2013 on a 46,000 mile, 3-year journey to 21 countries with 65 currently-planned landfalls.
Hōkūleʻa: Her Farthest Journey, will span years into the past, launching viewers into the dream of circumventing island earth. Viewers will hear from those who created, sailed, and cared for Hōkūleʻa. Along the way, they will also discover the back stories to the headlines – Why is she called Hōkūleʻa? Which stars are used to find Tahiti? Why was Hōkūleʻa first launched at Kualoa and her voyages begin and end there? The voices, pictures, and sounds that embody this Hawaiian icon will take viewers on an incredible journey never seen before.