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Hōkūleʻa Update | New York Liberty Challenge

During their stay in New York City, Hōkūleʻa was a part of the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge hosted by New York Outrigger, the largest outrigger regatta on the East Coast. Crewmembers provided dockside tours and educational outreach through star compass demonstrations and other activities.

In addition to being an opportunity to engage a larger audience in the mālama honua voyage, it also provided some time for fun and competition. Hōkūleʻa crewmembers jumped right into the 11 mile mixed crew race with two competing teams, team Hōkūleʻa which included master navigators Bruce Blankenfeld and Nainoa Thompson and team Hikianalia with apprentice navigators Jenna Ishii and Lehua Kamalu along with Hawaiʻi waterman Archie Kalepa.

The Hōkūleʻa team finished on top placing 4th out of over 30 crews with the Hikianalia crew coming in a close second at 11th place. To find out more about Hōkūleʻa and future outreach opportunities, follow us at

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