It’s been 12 days and 1,700 miles since departure from Natal, Brazil, and according to our calculations of our captain and navigator Kālepa Baybayan and his haumana Brad Wong, we should be seeing the island of Barbados tomorrow evening. Sunny days and clear night skies have made it a little easier to navigate and keep our heading towards Noio Ho’olua. Hokulei (Capella) has been our star of choice to follow. Hōkūleʻa is averaging easily 6-7 knots throughout the day.
Music, jokes, personal stories have been this crew’s morale booster. From personal stories of Brada Iz Kamakawiwaole to heartfelt memories of Eddie Aikau and my uncle George Helm, songs from different generations of Hawaiian music echo on the deck of Hōkūleʻa. We have become more than just crewmembers; We have become ʻohana. We are family. Though we are separated from our ʻohana back home, little do they know each of our ʻohana has grown. We can’t wait to share our stories of the things that we have witnessed, the people we have met, and the places we have been. But in the meantime, the story is still being told. Hōkūleʻa still sails because somewhere beyond the blue horizon there is an island waiting for us. Eō Hōkūleʻa.
Na’u na Kawika
After a 20-month sojourn in oceans south of the equator, Hōkūleʻa has returned to the northern hemisphere in the blue waters of the Atlantic. Please, help celebrate our crew by supporting their journey.