The strange voyage of Hikianalia: response to rising sea levels

The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, our Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with a Mālama Hawaiʻi sail around our archipelago, and will continue through 2017 when our new generation of navigators take the helm and guide Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia back to Polynesia after circumnavigating the globe.

Today the crew got to tour Stradbroke Island with some of the native elders as our guides. We started by visiting Brown Lake or Burimma, which is very sacred to Quadamooka people. The elder Evelyn spoke to the crew about the struggle and survival of her people, which was a very familiar tale. Later we had lunch at the North point of the island, commonly know as The Point [Point Lookout], which had very beautiful beaches and wild kangaroo roaming around. After that, we went to Dunwich State School where the crew gave a short presentation to the students and teachers followed by a question and answer session with Captain Bruce Blankenfeld. The school was then invited to visit and explore Hōkūleʻa. A small collective of crew also went to the Yulu-Burri-Ba Health Center, which is dedicated to native health. The day ended with a gorgeous sunset, which in turn gave birth to a chilly evening, currently around 52° Fahrenheit. The crew is happy and excited for this Australian adventure.

Worldwide Voyage Tracking Map
Track Hōkūle`a and Hikianalia as they voyage around the world. The green line is the reference course designed by the navigators for reaching the destination from the departure point, given the capabilities of the vessel and the winds, currents, and weather conditions anticipated along the way. The yellow line tracks the progress of Hokulea while the red line follows Hikianalia. For more information on the PVS voyaging fleet, click here. Full Size Map (You will be taken off of
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