The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia is on a journey to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Crewmembers will be sending frequent updates so that educators and students can track her progress in conjunction with the Worldwide Voyage Tracking Map.
After three days and two nights of sailing, we have arrived at Lehua island off the coast of Niʻihau. The crew retrieved a radiosonde weather instrument today that was floating in the channel of the southern coast of Kauaʻi. The radiosonde was packaged and will be returned to NOAA – National Weather Service.
Cultural protocol was conducted upon nearing Lehua. Our next steps are unsure whether we will stay here or try to proceed to Nihoa. The lack of winds has been challenging.