Hikianalia Update | Aug 21, 2018: Mahimahi for Days
Hikianalia Update by Hye Jung Kim
4 A.M. Update
We had another great night of sailing and continued to experiment with trimming sails and shifting weight instead of putting the hoe down.
Our 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. watch held the star house Na Leo heading for 4 hours at 7 knots. So we were able to make 28 nautical miles (nm) in total distance and added about 10nm to our easting.
Our 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. watch held ʻĀkau for 4 hours at 6 knots covering 24 nm due north. They used Jupiter, Iwakeliʻi, Kapuahi, and Hōkūleʻa and the winds shifted a bit during our watch.
Our 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. watch held Haka Hoʻolua for 4 hours. We tried to head closer into the wind in order to do some more easting, but the wind direction has changed so when we tried to point higher, our sails started luffing. We took about 4 nm easting, but we still have a lot our easting that we can take advantage of as the wind direction changes.
Our crew has been working together very well and Lehua has been offering navigation classes to everyone onboard! Anakala Gary is hosting activities and each of us will have a necklace that will hold the whale bone that he has gifted us with!
Mahalo for everybody back home who is working hard to keep us going.
4 P.M. Update
A day of mahimahi! We caught a total of four fish today, all of them mahimahi. One had nothing in its ōpū, while the rest carried small fish and crustaceans. We had three females and one male. Anakala Gary has been drying some of the mahi so that we can have it for snacks. We did dorsal fin clippings for each and I will bring the samples with me when I return to Hawaiʻi.
Our 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. watch held the course of ʻĀkau over the water at 6 knots and used the sunrise to check our heading.
Our 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. watch held Haka Hoʻolua at 5 knots so we lost 4 miles of easting that we have accumulated over the past few days. The winds are coming from ʻĀina Koʻolau.
Our 2 p.m. – 6p.m. watch held Haka Hoʻolua at 6 knots. The swells shifted significantly today and we now have our most dominant waves from the northeast.
Our crewmembers have worked on their arts and crafts project that anakala Gary is leading. We have learned a lot of whipping and braiding through it and by the end of our voyage, we will each have one that we’ve made.