CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just 23 days after leaving an Oahu dock, Hokulea's sister canoe Hikianalia arrived Monday morning in Half Moon Bay, California.
The 13-member crew sailed roughly 2,800 miles to continue the Malama Honua campaign to inspiring action and promote a healthy environment and culturally thriving world.
"I am extremely proud of this crew for completing this long and challenging journey," Nainoa Thompson, president, Polynesian Voyaging Society said. "This was one of the most difficult, deep-sea ocean voyages in more than 43 years, and our crew demonstrated strong leadership, navigation skill and teamwork to make it a success," he added.
Their welcome ceremony in San Francisco Bay isn't actually until next Sunday, September 16. As part of voyaging protocol, the canoe and crew will remain under kapu, or restrictions, until then.
"Until then, the crew will rest and prepare the canoe for the next leg of the journey and will participate in local engagements focused on ocean protection including the Global Climate Action Summit and Ocean Elders meetings," the voyaging society said in a news release.
The crew will eventually sail Hikianalia to San Diego with stops along the way.