Crew Profile

Hōkūleʻa Update | October 5, 2015

Aloha, this is Nainoa Thompson on board the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa. We are en route from the island of Mauritius to the island of Madagascar. This is our second day out, and we are in pretty light winds. By tonight we should be almost halfway to Madagascar. The first night and first day was a lot of rain and a lot of cloud cover, and it was difficult navigating. But now we are getting to near the center of the high pressure system in the Indian Ocean. So the sky will begin to open up and the wind will begin to lighten up. But the Indian Ocean is different than the Pacific Ocean. The Indian Ocean is much more complicated. The Pacific Ocean is big, deep, and cold. The Indian Ocean is the opposite, and therefore has two hurricane seasons and two monsoon seasons and high incidence of rogue waves as we go around the African coast. So it’s a place where you have to be careful, pay attention, and you can sail well. We are sailing in the general direction between Noio Kona and ʻĀina Kona. The winds have been variable, and the speed has been changing a lot. But this is a very good crew. They are seasoned and focused and willing to work hard, so we are doing well. I want to say mahalo for continuing to support our Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Please continue to follow us at Hokulea.com. Aloha!


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