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The Polynesian ship continues its 50,000 miles trip through the world. In the 37 months that it was away, the crew stopped in 82 ports and visited 28 countries.
The canoe is spreading a message of “Malama Honua”, which in Hawaiian means the importance of loving the planet Earth.
Last Wednesday, Hokulea took the central part of the World Oceans Day. The UN Secretary-General, also present at the manifestation, said that Hokulea’s message is one of great importance and that oceans, even though seem endless, should be approached in a sustainable matter as they may have a powerful impact on our planet’s future.
The UN official declared that Hokulea’s journey is a proof of the wisdom of the traditional navigation. The crew members use only natural signs to help them in navigation, just like the ancient Polynesians in their explorations of the world.
One of the navigators admitted that the trip was dangerous. However, the need to send out the message of sustainability was more powerful, because of the need to protect the things that they love.
The voyage started two years ago. At their departure, the UN Secretary-General gave them a message in a bottle. On Wednesday, the crew returned with declarations from all over the world from countries who took the pledge for a sustainable future.
The president of the Republic of Palau said that the oceans do not divide countries; on the contrary, oceans connect countries in a common cause that can help all humanity.
Hokule’a will be staying in New Jersey for another week, while the crew members will be hosting educational workshops in New York.
The crew members will try to complete the world voyage by traveling in a boat with no engines and while using no GPS or modern technology.
Hokulea is a Polynesian canoe in a smaller size that can travel deep seas. The model of the ship is 3,000 years old.
Up until now, Hokulea visited French Polynesia, Cooks Islands, Australia, Brazil, Cuba and Mozambic. The plans for next year will be to reach Panama, Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Hokulea’s higher merit is that it facilitated discussions between oceanic nations. As a consequence, countries are now working together to share their best practices and adjust their policies in order to create a safer future for the planet.
Hokule’a and Hikianalia are the two Polynesian canoes that sail the oceans of the Earth with the mission of growing the sustainability movement. The travel is initiated by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
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