Voyagers near completion of Kauai canoe

Published: Nov. 24, 2015 at 9:44 AM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Three experienced voyagers from Kauai who set out nearly two decades ago to build the island's first long-distance Polynesian canoe in more than a century are almost ready to set sail.

The Garden Island reports that John Kruse, Dennis Chun and Pat Aiu have been working on Namahoe for 17 years. Chun says Kauai's canoe, which is longer than the other islands' canoes at more than 70 feet, is about 80 percent complete.

Once Namahoe is finished, voyagers plan to embark on a journey around the island. The goal is to eventually sail Namahoe to Tahiti to coincide with the arrival of Hokulea, marking the end of a three-year voyage around the world.

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