Tania Barricklo-Daily Freeman
Matt Caires of Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii, a crew member on the Hokulea Hawaiian voyaging canoe explains to visitors how the 'hoe", hawaiian word for paddle, steers the vessel. The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston hosted Hokulea, a 61.4 ft. double hulled traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe from Wednesday through Saturday. Kingston was part of the 2016 East Coast Worldwide Voyage. The vessel was launched in 1975 in Kualoa, Hawaii by the Polynesia Voyaging Society and has sailed 140,000 nautical miles using ancient POlynesian wayfinding techniques. The mission of Hokulea is to spread the message of "Malama Honua", or respect for Island Earth and indigenous people.