Hōkūle‘a’s Natal Arrival to Mark 1st Time on South America ContinentFebruary 1, 2016, 4:55 PM HST · Updated February 1, 4:55 PM 0 Comments
The Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, departed yesterday from Fernando de Noronha following a four day stop, and is now headed to Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. The Natal stop, located in northeastern Brazil, will mark the first visit to the South America continent. The 241 mile journey to Natal is currently underway and is expected to take approximately two days to complete.
Hōkūle‘a first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Since then, she has traveled to multiple countries across the globe, “reawakening a Hawaiian cultural renaissance in the process through reviving the traditional art of wayfinding – navigating the sea through means of using natural resources like ocean swells, stars, and wind,” according to the PVS.