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Hokulea crew celebrates Christmas at sea

Images Courtesy: Polynesian Voyaging Society/Jason Patterson Images Courtesy: Polynesian Voyaging Society/Jason Patterson
Cape Town, South Africa -

For the first time in its history, Hokulea is voyaging on Christmas Day.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society shared photos of the crew wearing Santa hats and enjoying a Christmas meal on board the voyaging canoe.

Hokulea departed Cape Town on Christmas Eve, and is headed to Brazil.

This is the longest leg in Hokulea's worldwide voyage, with some 4,200 nautical miles to traverse, and it will be the first time the voyaging canoe is sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.

Hokulea's most current sail plans after departing Cape Town include a stop at the island of St. Helena, located in a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean midway between Africa and South America. 

The crew will also spot the island of Ascension before making their expected stop at Ilha Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, an archipelago and UNESCO Marine World Heritage site, where the crew will engage in cultural and educational exchange.

The crew of Hokulea is planning to make landfall in South America at the coastal city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, located in northeastern Brazil, in late January.

After stopping in Brazil, Hokulea will continue the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and stop in ports in the Caribbean before sailing up and visiting cities along the East Coast of the United States.  

Hokulea is scheduled to arrive in New York City by June 8, 2016, for World Oceans Day.

Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2013, Hokulea has voyaged approximately 45,000 miles and made stops in 11 countries and 46 ports, weaving a "Lei of Hope" around the world.  

Along the way, more than 160 volunteer crew members have helped to sail Hokulea, currently accompanied by escort vessel Gershon II, to spread the message of Malama Honua (or taking care of Island Earth) by promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, as well as exchanging ideas with the countries she has visited.  

So far, the voyage has reached more than 25,000 people by connecting with communities in countries and ports across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Bali, Mauritius and South Africa.

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