'03 - Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Daily Reports

'99 - Rapanui

'95 - Nukuhiva

Daily Reports

'95 - Northwest and West Coast Tour

'92 - Ra`iatea & Rarotonga

Hawaii to Tahiti

Tahiti to Ra`iatea

Ra`iatea to Rarotonga

The Voyage home


'85 - '87 - Voyage of Rediscovery Ancient voyaging routes

'80 - Hawaii to Tahiti & back

'76 - Hawaii to Tahiti & back

Hawaiian Voyaging Terms


Hawaii to Tahiti & back

The Voyage

The first voyage of the Hokule`a from Hawai`i to Tahiti and back took place in 1976, as part of the Bicentenniel Celebration of American Independence. The official purpose of the voyage was to show that tnhe two-way voyages celebrated in Hawaiian oral traditios could be done in a replica of an ancient voyaging canoe navigated without non-instruments.

Other accounts of the 1976 voyage to Tahiti can be found in Ben Finney's Hokule'a: The Way to Tahiti (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1979) and in David Lewis We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific, 2nd Edition (Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press, 1994, pp. 312-341). For a 59-minute video on Mau Piailug, Polynesian navigation and migrations, and the first voyage of Hokule'a, see "The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific".

CREW MEMBERS: HAWAI`I-TAHITI, 1976--Mau Piailug-Navigator, Clifford Ah Mow, Shorty Bertelmann, Ben Finney, Tommy Holmes, Sam Kalalau, Boogie Kalama, Kawika Kapahulehua, Buffalo Keaulana, John Kruse, Dukie Kauhulu, David Lewis, Dave Lyman, Billy Richards, Rodo Williams

CREW MEMBERS: TAHITI-HAWAI`I, 1976--Snake Ah Hee, Andy Espirto, Kawika Kapahulehua, Mel Kinney, Kainoa Lee, Kimo Lyman, Gordon Pi`ianai`a, Leonard Puputauiki,Penny Rawlins, Keani Reiner, Nainoa Thompson, Maka`ala Yates, Ben Young