Braving the Tasman Sea on a Hawaiian Canoe

After sailing the seas of Polynesia for 40 years, the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa has left home waters and ventured into the Tasman Sea for the first time, continuing her Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Preceding this historic moment was a year-long journey through French Polynesia, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand. Hōkūleʻa’s arrival in Australia brings together one of the world’s oldest cultures (the Australian Aborigines’ ancestors arrived there perhaps 40,000 years ago) with one of the world’s youngest (Hawaiʻi was first settled less than 2,000 years ago).

The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines will cover over 50,000 nautical miles through June 2017. Track our traditional voyaging canoes in real time as we seek-out stories of hope around the world.

All images by ʻŌiwi TV.

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