2017 Rapa Nui
Having departed the Galapagos Islands, crewmembers aboard Hōkūleʻa are on their way to Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, a journey that’s expected to take about two and a half weeks.
“Heading to Rapa Nui, Hokulea carries the invaluable lessons of global sustainability that were learned and shared at other UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Galapagos Islands,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of Polynesian Voyaging Society. “In addition to being a recognized global resource by organizations such as UNESCO, Rapa Nui signifies a major cultural return for Polynesian navigation and our Worldwide Voyage as we re-enter the Polynesian triangle, the birthplace of our wayfinding heritage.”
Hōkūleʻa is expected to port in Rapa Nui around February 28, weather permitting. The crew will stay on the island for approximately a week before sailing on to French Polynesia.