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Hokulea reaches island of St. Helena

Image Courtesy: Jason Patterson - St. Helena Image Courtesy: Jason Patterson - St. Helena
Image Courtesy: Jason Patterson - St. Helena Image Courtesy: Jason Patterson - St. Helena

Approximately halfway through the longest leg of their historic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, the Hokulea crew arrived at the island of St. Helena on Friday at noon (2 a.m. HST).

The has Hokulea traveled 1,900 miles so far on their route to Brazil. They have been sailing for 16 days since their departure from Cape Town, South Africa on December 24. The crew celebrated Christmas and New Year's at sea.

This leg of the voyage takes the Hokulea on its first time on Atlantic waters, which required crewmembers to become familiar with Atlantic currents and prevailing winds. 

More than 1,200 miles of the 1,900 miles traveled to the island were on open ocean using only traditional wayfinding and no modern instruments.

After a few days of reprovisioning and preparations, the Hokulea will depart St. Helena and continue their journey to Ilha Fernando de Noronha in Brazil.

After stopping in Brazil, Hokulea will continue the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and stop in several ports in the Caribbean before sailing up and visiting cities along the East Coast of the United States. She is scheduled to arrive in New York City by June 8 for World Oceans Day. 

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