For the first time in 14 years, Hōkūleʻa returned to Papeʻete, the landfall for her maiden voyage from Hawaiʻi in 1976 where 17,000 Tahitians welcomed her.
Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia were greeted in Tahiti with celebrations commemorating the special relationship between Hōkūleʻa and Tahiti that began with her maiden voyage to French Polynesia 39 years ago. President of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, and other dignitaries welcomed in the Polynesian Voyaging Society captains and crew.
Photo Credit: Oiwi TV/Polynesian Voyaging Society
The voyage, led by Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson and a new generation of navigators, is using only the signs of the waves, winds and stars to find their way around the Earth. One key stop is the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States in Samoa in September 2014. Learn more about the voyage here.