Hokulea Sets Sail

Kaiulani Murphy
Kaiulani Murphy

(KHNL) - After a brief weather delay the Hokule'a left Honolulu Thursday afternoon.

The first leg of a lenghty journey to retrace the footsteps of a king, and to honor the voyaging canoe's first master navigator.

After some last minute preparations, some final words of encouragement from the master and a Hawaiian blessing, the Hokulei'a set sail once again.

The first stop, Kawaihae on the Big Island where the Hokelei'a will meet up with the Alingano Maisu.

Together the vessels will sail to Micronesia, where the Maisu will be presented to 75 year old master navigator Mau Piailug.

"The biggest significance is were going to honor our teacher Mau and bring a canoe to him as a gift for all the people for who he has touched their lives brought all of us together as a pacific ohana," says Kaiulani Murphy.

Mau was teacher to Nainoa Thompson on Hokulea's maiden voyage in 1976. And he's credited with reawakening hawaii's voyaging tradition.

Weather permitting the two canoe crews hope to leave the Big Island for Micronesia this weekend.