Hokulea and Hokualakai to sail from Kauai to Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaiian voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hokualakai are expected to sail from Kauai to Oahu next weekend.

In preparation for the trip to Oahu's Keehi Lagoon, they are due to sail from Hanalei to Nawiliwili this weekend. The two ships are fresh from a joint voyage they made last month to Nihona and Mokumanamana in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Cultural practitioner Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole says it was moving to have the opportunity to visit Mokumanamana and conduct ceremonies there.

He says it was as though they achieved time travel, adding they seemed to reach the end of the universe during their chants.

Hokualakai captain Chad Baybayan says he felt like he was in a sacred presence when they saw the upright stones placed by early Polynesians on the spine of Mokumanamana.