Hawaiian canoe on worldwide journey cancels stops in Europe

Hawaiian canoe on worldwide journey cancels stops in Europe

HONOLULU (AP) - A traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe will not stop in Europe as planned during its around-the-world sail.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Hokulea and its crew had been scheduled to make port in Europe later this year, but instead they plan to sail north along the U.S. East Coast to Nova Scotia.

Polynesian Voyaging Society President and Hokulea Captain Nainoa Thompson says voyage organizers weren't able to plan enough in advance to justify the risk of sailing to Europe.

The Hokulea is now in the Caribbean Sea and is expected in Cuba this week.

The double-hulled canoe left Hawaii last year, and its crew members are sailing without modern navigation equipment. Along their three-year journey they are stopping to teach people in other countries about traditional navigation, Native Hawaiian culture and caring for the ocean.

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