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Traditional Canoe

Hawaii's ancestors voyaged across 2,500 miles from Polynesia on board a double-hulled canoe with the help of the stars, the ocean swells, and the flight patterns of birds. The creation of a canoe spanned months and involved many religious ceremonies by the kahuna kalai waa, or high priest canoe builder. In 1973, the Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded to rediscover and preserve this ancestral tradition. Since 1975, the group has built and launched the majestic Hokulea and Hawaiiloa, which regularly travel throughout the South Pacific. In 2014, Hokulea began an historic, three-year, around-the-world voyage.

Updated: 2014-05-29

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