Hokulea crew named National Geo 'Adventurer of the Year'

Hokulea crew named National Geo 'Adventurer of the Year'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hokulea crew members participating in a historic worldwide voyage have been named among National Geographic's 2017 Adventurers of the Year.

The honor highlights those who make extraordinary achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation and humanitarianism.

Hokulea's crew is the only team to be named this year, and voting is happening now to determine the 2017 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year among the 10 finalists.

Hokulea set sail on its Malama Honua worldwide voyage in May 2015. The celestial circumnavigators on board the famed 62-foot double-hulled voyaging canoe are guided only by the stars.

The other National Geographic honorees include a cave diver who discovered the world's deepest underwater cave; a pair of journalists who embarked on a full-length hike through the Grand Canyon; a kayaker who completed the first solo descent of the 5,464-kilometer-long Yellow River in China; and a teenage rock climber who became the first woman (and youngest person) to complete some of the hardest-rated boulder routes on Earth.

On the first day of voting Thursday, the Hokulea team had far and away the most votes for People's Choice Adventurer of the Year.

Voting runs through Dec. 16 and participants can vote once a day for their favorite honoree. To vote, click here.

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