Would you go around the world – in a canoe?
 Would you go around the world – in a canoe? Crew members Glenn Biven, left, and Diane Tom-Ogata, right, use a wooden rudder to steer the Hokulea canoe. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)
Would you go around the world – in a canoe?
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The Polynesian voyaging canoe that is guided solely by nature as it circles the globe has reached South Africa, the halfway point on its three-year journey and the most dangerous leg partly because of complicated ocean conditions.
 
The double-hulled canoe Hokulea left Hawaii last year, and its crewmembers are sailing without modern navigation equipment. They are using the motion of the waves and the position of the stars to guide their path, sailing the way that brought the first Polynesians to the Hawaiian Islands.
 
By the time the voyage is expected to end in 2017, crewmembers will have sailed more than 60,000 nautical miles and dropped anchor at 100 ports in 27 nations.
 
They recently arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, where crewmembers are teaching the local community about traditional navigation, Native Hawaiian culture and ways to care for the ocean.
 
"We're here, we're safe," navigator Nainoa Thompson said from Cape Town. "We got around South Africa safely."
 
The journey is also about building relationships and connections at all their stops, Thompson said.
 
"To be honest, the majority of people don't know much about Hawaiian culture or Hawaii," he said.
 
He recounted a moment when Hawaii students who have joined up with the voyage met with children in Cape Town.
 
"We didn't know how to connect until our children danced, then their children danced," he said.
 
"We had a chance today to witness what world peace looks like and sounds like," he added, describing the sounds of Hawaiian pahu drums beating along with African rhythms.
 
The stop was made possible with permission from a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who blessed the canoe during a 2012 visit to Hawaii, Thompson said.
 
"We're finding the definitions of caring, compassion and aloha from many of the places that we go," Thompson said, reflecting on hearing news of the attacks on Paris. "We're just very blessed and very fortunate to be witness to it among all the stories of rage and anger."
 
The canoe will spend two weeks off the water before departing across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time to South America. Up to 200 crewmembers have sailed with Hokulea so far, joining and leaving the journey at various points.
 
Hokulea was first built and launched in the 1970s in an attempt to revive Polynesian wayfinding. The first voyage to Tahiti in 1976 was successful and the canoe became an icon amid an ongoing Native Hawaiian renaissance.
 
The latest voyage is called Malama Honua, which means, "to care for our Earth."

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Why isn’t the crew using GPS?
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COMMENTS (30)
  • taylorl1-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:45 p.m.

    The crew isn't using a GPS because they want to experience how the first Polynesians sailed to Hawaii. They did this by using the motions of waves and positions of stars to guide themselves.

  • juliaj-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    The crew isn't using a GPS because they want to use the motion of the waves and the position of the stars to guide their path. This is so they can sail the same way as the Polynesians did when they went to the Hawaiian Islands.

  • anissam-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    The crew does not want to use GPS because they want to sail the same way the Polynesians that first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands did. They also only wanted to use the stars and the waves to take them to their final destination.

  • hannahf-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    The crew is not using GPS because they want to travel to the Hawaiian Islands the same way the first Polynesians did. The crew is using the motion of the waves and the position of the stars to navigate the seas.

  • faras-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    The crew isn't using a GPS because not using them is the whole purpose of the journey. They are trying to teach people the Hawaiian life, Sure, but they are also trying to travel using the stars and currents in order to connect with the earth. they are trying to stay true to and restore the Polynesian way.

  • clayg-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    This is a routine that they did to find the Hawaiian island on there doubled bowed conoe.

  • alexanderb-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    The crew is not using GPS because they want to revive Polynesian culture and tradition of the first Polynesian voyage to the Hawaiian islands.

  • alexandrah-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:50 p.m.

    The Hawaiian crew is not using a GPS as they sail around the world to symbolize the old Polynesians who discovered Hawaii the same way. They want to use these natural methods of navigation to teach the countries and places they visit more about the ancient Hawaiian culture.

  • savannahr-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:50 p.m.

    The crew members are not using a GPS because they want to practice their Native Hawaiian culture. Practicing this culture means that they use traditional navigation which includes "using the motion of the waves and the position of the stars to guide their path." The crew also likes to teach people about these traditional ways at their stops.


  • madelineh-bou
    11/30/2015 - 12:51 p.m.

    The crew isn't using modern GPS systems because they want to use the same ways that the Polynesians used to get to the Hawaiian islands. The crew is using the motion of the waves and the position of the stars to guide their voyage.

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