Leg 1
Hawaii to Nukuhiva


Course Strategy
Summary of Voyage
Wind Weather
Geology, History

Daily Reports

Leg 2 
Nukuhiva to Mangareva

Course Strategy
Hiva Oa to Mangareva
Isles of Hiva
About Pitcairn
Daily Reports

Leg 3
Mangareva to Rapa Nui

Course Strategy
Wind Weather
Geology, History

Reports

Leg 4
Rapa Nui to Tahiti

Course Strategy
Wind Weather
Geology, History

Reflections by Kimo
Life at Sea by Kimo
Health of Rapa Nui
Daily Reports

Leg 5
Tahiti to Hawaii

Course Strategy
Wind Weather
Geology, History

Road to the Wind
Daily Reports

The Crew

Rapa Nui Article by Sam Low

Naked-Eye Navigation

What to Pack

Sea Life

 

Voyage to Rapa Nui

 

The Voyage

 

At dawn on October 8, 1999, crew member Max Yarawamai, a lookout posted at the bow of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a, sighted Rapa Nui (Easter Island)--a speck on the horizon, visible through a small hole in a wall of clouds. The canoe landed the next day, completing an amazing, improbable 19-day, 1,450-mile voyage from Mangareva to the most remote and isolated island in Polynesia. The twelve-member crew under navigators Nainoa Thompson, Chad Baybayan, and Bruce Blankenfeld had expected to sail against the wind for thirty-five days, navigating by celestial bodies and ocean swells and searching thousands of square miles of trackless ocean for a tiny island. Instead, blessed by favorable winds--a gift of their ancestors--they sailed directly east toward Rapa Nui for most of the way, and sighted the island on the first pass.

Landfall at Rapa Nui brought closure to Hokule'a's twenty-five years of exploration and rediscovery of Polynesia which began in 1975, with the launching of the canoe at Hakipu'u-Kualoa in Kane'ohe Bay, O'ahu. 

 

 

 

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Thoughts of the navigators

The Escort Boat: Kama Hele