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.
It is now around 4:30 in the morning according to our navigator and first time captain Kaleo Wong. The 2-6 a.m. watch crew is watching the moon set over the western horizon as Hikianalia rocks slowly back and forth. With no wind or clouds we have both the main and misen sais down, and we are running the large Genoa sail as a jib which flutters full every few seconds but offers little to no propulsion.
After averaging 2-3 knots all day and having to run our motors past Waiʻanae for a few hours, we have finally reached our second dead halt of the day. We had an hour of still weather around dinner time, and the crew got to jump in the water to bathe before enjoying a meal of fried noodles and ʻulu patties overlooking the sunset.
As morning approaches our hopes are high for more wind tomorrow. The crew is in good spirits on this first day at sea.