On March 8, 1975 a beautiful canoe Hokulea was launched. Hokulea mean’s “Stars of Gladness”. It was launched from the Sacred Shores of Kaneohe, Bay on Oahu, helping to build momentum for a powerful Hawaiian residence.
Between 1975 - 2000, Hokulea sailed on six major voyages from Hawaii to at the apex of the Polynesian triangle, to Aotearoa (New Zealand) at the southwestern corner, and finally to Rapa Nui, at the southeastern corner. Currently undergoing drydock work in New Zealand under the leadership of Master Navigators. Now Hokulea celebrates her 40th Birthday.
Master navigator Kālepa Baybayan shares from Aotearoa that, “Hōkūleʻa is a symbol of hope grounded in a tradition of exploration and discovery.