HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After more than a year of sailing throughout the Pacific Ocean, the Hikianalia, sister canoe of the voyaging vessel Hokulea, is expected to return to Sand Island on Tuesday.
The Hikianalia departed from Tahiti about a month ago and once the canoe arrives, it will sail throughout the state to provide experiential learning opportunities to teachers and students of each neighbor island over the next year. The Hikianalia will then sail to the west coast of the Mainland before reuniting with the Hokulea in South America to finish the worldwide tour.
Polynesian Voyaging Society officials announced in December that the Hikianalia would return to Hawaii because they were concerned about the canoe's ability to serve as a powerful enough escort vessel and that it wouldn't be able to handle the rough waters during the Hokulea's voyage. They decided to replace it with a modern escort boat with towing abilities.
The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with the Hokulea and Hikianalia embarking from Hawaii on a journey that would cover more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports and 27 nations. The journey sought to engage the world in practicing how to live sustainably.
A welcome home ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Marine Education Training Center in Sand Island.