Hokulea Serves As A Teaching Vessel For Young Sailors

Nov 27, 2006 10:49 AM

By Beth Hillyer

(KHNL)- The voyaging canoe, Hokulea, arrived at the Waikiki Yacht Club and there's a buzz of excitement from her young crew.

Fifteen young sailors are learning navigation skills on board the Hokulea, from the man himself, Nainoa Thompson. The group will be the youngest crew to ever attempt a trans-pacific voyage. The race is in July, so the crew is in town learning lessons about the history of the Hokulea and the ancient art of navigation. It's an eye opening experience for the young sailors.

Crew member Genny Tullock said, "We've gained more of an understanding about using nature, wind and waves, birds and islands, to know where you're going and know how to steer and how to understand where you are coming from and where you're going. Those are things that racers don't use. We usually use numbers. It's all about the numbers."

Today's voyage from Makapu'u to Diamond Head was filmed by Disney productions for a movie about the crew's adventure. A helicopter filmed the Hokulea crossing the finish line in front of Diamond Head.