Hokule'a in Hampton Roads

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606

Spring 2016 will bring a true world traveler to the Virginia Peninsula. The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a (“Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian) is circumnavigating the globe on a voyage whose goals are as impressive as they are important. Hokule’a was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society in the 1970s, more than 600 years after any other voyaging canoe existed. The Hawaiian people were inspired to build and sail Hokule’afrom Honolulu to Taiti, proving that the incredible voyage that brought their ancestors to the islands was still possible. By traversing the globe today, they are able to better understand how Polynesians originally navigated the ocean, discovered islands and settled them. Designed an sailed using skills that very nearly went extinct, Hokule’a seeks the wisdom of all indigenous peoples in a search for ideas on dealing with global concerns applied on a global scale. Just as a vessel of exploration must carry and maintain its own limited supplies, populations need to a