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Voyage Update | June 24, 2021: Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia depart Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) for Nihoa

(Papahānaumokuākea) — Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia departed Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) last night, passed Mokumanamana this morning and are expected to arrive in Nihoa tomorrow morning. As the canoes make their way home, training for the young navigators and crew continues.

While in Lalo, crew members spent time underwater to conduct the first marine survey of the area since Hurricane Walaka swept through in 2018. The underwater survey was conducted in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Randy Kosaki, NOAA’s Research Coordinator for Papahānaumokuākea and Hōkūleʻa Crewmember shares his thoughts on the mission of the “Navigating the Kupuna Islands” Training Voyage and his observations on the state of the coral reefs after their underwater survey.

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