Hawaii canoe departs South Africa on worldwide voyage


HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Polynesian voyaging canoe that is in the middle of its round-the-world journey has left South Africa for Brazil.

Hawaii News Now reports that the crew of the Hokulea set sail Thursday from Cape Town. The crew plans to stop at the island of St. Helena, located in a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean about midway between Africa and South America.

This will be the first time the Hokulea will cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The double-hulled canoe left Hawaii last year, and its crew members are sailing without modern navigation equipment. Along their 3-year journey they are stopping to teach people in other countries about traditional navigation, Native Hawaiian culture and caring for the ocean.