'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

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Na Ohana Holo Moana: The Voyaging Families of the Vast Ocean
The 1995 Voyage to Nukuhiva

Photo Below: Polynesian Canoes Gathered in Taiohae Bay, Nukuhiva, 1995 (Monte Costa)

The 1995 Voyage to the Marquesas, called Na 'Ohana Holo Moana ("The Voyaging Familes of the Ocean") carried on the work of the 1992 voyage - training new crew members and navigators, sharing voyaging traditions across the Pacific, and re-connecting Polynesian peoples through the heritage of the canoe. On the voyage from Tahiti and the Marquesas to Hawai'i, Hokule'a was joined by five canoes, Hawai'iloa and Makali'i from Hawai'i, the Maori canoe Te Aurere, and two Cook Islands canoe, Takitumu and Te Au o Tonga.

The prelude to this voyage was the building of Hawai'iloa (1990-1994), a project designed to recover canoe-building arts and strengthen community in a joint effort to fashion a canoe entirely from native natural materials. The project faltered at first because of a startling discovery: there were no koa trees left in Hawai'i's forests large enough to build voyaging canoes. This alarming condition led to a new level of awareness about the interdependence of culture and environment and a commitment to malama Hawai'i--take care of our island home. It also created another bridge across the Pacific--from Hawai'i to Alaska, whose native people offered the people of Hawai'i a gift of logs.

For a filmmaker's version of the 1995 voyage to Nukuhiva, see "Wayfinders: a Pacific Odyssey", a PBS website in conjunction with an hour-long film by Maiden Voyage Production (Gail Evenari).