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Hokulea crew celebrates New Year on the Atlantic

Hokulea crew rings in 2016 in the middle of the Atlantic Hokulea crew rings in 2016 in the middle of the Atlantic

About a week after leaving Cape Town, the Polynesian Voyaging Society shared photos and video footage of the Hokulea crew ringing in the New Year in the middle the Atlantic Ocean.

The crew celebrated the new year on the Atlantic Ocean under a star-filled sky with a countdown and a dropping of a light down the mast followed by a celebratory awa ceremony.

The crew members also gave thanks to a wonderful year and to Hokulea for her 40 years of inspiration and aloha.

This is the longest leg of their voyage of nearly 4,200 nautical miles from Africa to South America with only one stop scheduled in between. Hokulea is expected to stop in early January at the island of St. Helena which is approximately 1400 miles from Brazil.

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

They are scheduled to arrive in New York City by June 8 for World Oceans Day.

According to the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hokulea has traveled approximately 45000 miles and made stops in 11 countries and 46 ports, since their departure from Hawaiian waters in May 2013,

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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