Warm welcome home for Hokule’a

Congratulations to the Hokule’a and her crew on the completion of their epic three-year journey around the world.

The traditional double-hulled canoe has returned to homecoming celebrations in Hawaii after becoming the first boat of its kind to make the voyage.

As a global consultancy we are proud to have played our part in the iconic vessel’s historic trip.

The Maritime Group (TMG) Pacific helped to provide logistics support for the Hōkūleʻa and her safety escort vessel, Gershon II – including critical logistical support/supplies, nautical/weather routing guidance, assisting with arrangements with port agents and officials, and ensuring the safety of the craft and crew worldwide for the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

This included helping to arrange a stop at the British Overseas Territory of St Helena in the mid- Atlantic to gather supplies before the Hokule’a headed to Brazil.

Hōkūleʻa, meaning ‘Star of Gladness’ and the Hawaiian name for the star Arcturus, and her crew entered the marina at Honolulu’s Magic Island peninsula on Saturday June 17.

Her crew have sailed more than 40,000 nautical miles (74,000 kilometres) since their departure from the island of Oahu in 2014.

Their aim was to use only ancient methods of wayfinding – reading the stars, winds and waves – just as the first Polynesian settlers who reached the archipelago did hundreds of years ago.

Bill Anonsen, Hawaii-based managing director of TMG Pacific and a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, has previously described the Hōkūleʻa as a ‘symbol of inspiration, demonstrated in the spirit of exploration and discovery thorough a resurgence of traditional voyaging and navigation’.

He added that all at TMG were honoured to be playing our part in providing nautical and logistical guidance in support of the Hōkūleʻa.

Read more about her homecoming in a news story on the UK’s Daily Telegraph website.

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