Nearly three years after departing Honolulu and beginning the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, the voyaging canoe Hokulea and her sister ship, Hikianalia, have arrived in Tahiti for their final stop before returning home to Hawaii.
Tracking maps for the two vessels on the Malama Honua website show Hokulea moored in Tautira Bay, on the eastern end of the island, and Hikianalia docked in Pape'ete, some fifty miles away.
Though Honolulu is roughly 2,000 miles from Tahiti, the stop in French Polynesia is still a homecoming of sorts for the Hokulea. The island is referred to as a 'second home' for the vessel, and Tahiti was the first stop on the international portion of the worldwide voyage back in 2014.
Celebrations for the two vessels are planned in the coming days; on Friday, a gathering in Mahina will mark Hokulea's official arrival in Tahiti, and a larger celebration is set to take place in Tapu Tapu Atea next week.
The vessels are expected to leave Tahiti in time to arrive in Honolulu on June 17. Weather permitting, the journey usually takes between two and three weeks.