HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hokulea has arrived in Cuba, another first for the Polynesian Voyaging Society's worldwide voyage.
The voyaging canoe reached Havana about 7:30 a.m. Friday local time, after traveling more than 1,000 nautical miles from the British Virgin Islands.
"Being part of this hardworking crew who just completed a historic sail to this island country in the Caribbean sea is nothing short of amazing," said Kalepa Baybayan, Hokulea captain, in a news release.
"We're anticipating great learning experiences to emerge from our engagement with Cuba's local community and customs."
Hokulea crew members are schedule to be in Cuba for four days. During the visit, the crew will tour Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and join a meeting aimed at strengthening U.S-Cuba relations.
The Hokulea's stop in Cuba coincides with President Barack Obama's historic visit to the country. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Cuba on Sunday.
Hokulea left Hawaii in 2014 for an around-the-world voyage that's expected to wrap up at the end of 2017.