The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia is on a 2,400 mile return journey from Aotearoa to Hawaii. Crewmembers will be sending frequent updates so that educators and students can track her progress in conjunction with the Worldwide Voyage Tracking Map.
Written by Jason Patterson
Time: Sunset, two days after quarter moon Course: Hikina to border of Lā/ ʻĀina Koʻolau
Wind: 8-12 knots
Speed: 4-6+ knots
Weather: Beautiful sunny skies all day with almost only low level cumulus clouds, small patch of high clouds to the Northeast. No rain. Great weather. Kālepa calls this “paper back reading weather.” He did some of that on the starboard navigation chair, but with a hardcover copy.
Sea State: The ocean has completely mellowed out in the last few days, and there are no more big swells from the South. Small seas are making for a very comfortable ride.
Marine life: Something big took the entire lure rig on our starboard outrigger including one of Timiʻs saimin spoon bird macgyvers. His innovation has landed us all of our fish.
The winds are weakening as we move farther away from the old low and a new front is catching up to us from the West. All we want is more wind, cause we have the need – the need for speed. Looks like weʻre going to have to wait until around Friday for the trades to fill back in.