LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - After nearly two decades of construction, a replica Polynesian voyaging canoe has set sail from Kauai.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Namahoe launched Sunday, marking what is believed to be the first Hawaiian voyaging canoe to set sail from the island in about five centuries.
The 72-foot-long Namahoe took 17 years to build and is among the growing fleet of similar replica vessels to come from the Hawaiian islands in recent years. The best known of these ships is the Hokulea, which is currently on a three-year voyage around the world.
Voyagers plan to embark on a journey around the island in Namahoe. The goal is to eventually sail Namahoe to Tahiti to coincide with the arrival of Hokulea.