Hokule'a Reaches Japan

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"The Yap-to-Okinawa Crew: After 11 days and 1200 miles, the crew landed safely in Okinawa (4/23, 6 a.m. HST, or 4/24, 1 a.m. JST). From left to right, front row: Takuji Araki of Okinawa, apprentice navigator Ka'iulani Murphy, captain and navigator Nainoa Thompson, first mate Chadd Paishon of Kamuela, Kanako Uchino of Japan, Pomai Bertelmann of Kamuela, Atwood Makanani of Maui, back row: Kaina Holomalia of Nanakuli, Dr. Pete Roney the on-board doctor, Maile Neff of Kaua'i (hidden behind Chadd!), and Timothy Gilliom of Maui." -Crew blog

Hokule'a reached Itoman Port on Okinawa about 1 am this morning (Tuesday) Japan time. Despite the hour, about 150 people were there to greet the crew. They were to clear customs early this afternoon and be hosted at a dinner tonight by 100 people from Hawai'i who live on Okinawa.

The Honolulu Advertiser said, "Other activities planned include school visits, canoe tours, a workshop and a visit to the Marine Museum in Motobu, Okinawa. Crew members from the Big Island plan to carry messages from children of a Punana Leo school in Hilo. The children wrote their Hawaiian greeting in kanji as part of a new program that teaches the students the Japanese language characters as a strong basis to learn oral languages."

Just today, this video about Hokule'a was posted on YouTube. It is an interview with master navigator Nainoa Thompson about the Hokule'a's history and its voyage to Japan. Great explanation and pictures. About 8 1/2 minutes. Japanese version also available on the YouTube website.

Ho'omaika'i Ana Hokule'a


ladybug said...

The video was fascinating, Thanks Panda! I thought it was really telling that Mr. Thompson spoke about how there were no longer any navigators with the old knowledge left in Hawaii, and only 6 left in Micronesia (one of which became their teacher).

This is also a problem on American waterways as well. Due to modern technology (radar, etc.), very few people learn to "read the waters" - now those few are very highly paid experts that help navigate the mighty Columbia river.

Just within this past year a navigator lost his life transfering from ship to ship at the notorious mouth of the Columbia.

Swinebread said...

Yeah they made it!

bonnie said...


Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - glad you liked the video too. 15 people were given the title Pwo (master navigator) by lll this voyage, five of them Hawaiians. An art revived from the edge of loss.

Thanks to GPS few people who sail bother to learn celestial navigation anymore either. What if the electrical fails? (In fact such a situation happened to my dad between California and Hawaii. Good thing he knew how to use a sextant).

Swinebread, Bonnie - Hurrah!

Interestingly, you each have a connection to this story. Bonnie's from the Hawaii side, Swinebread from the Japan side.

Martin J Frid said...

What a journey. Very interesting and uplifting story with a lot of food for thought.

Celestial navigation - sounds like a worthwhile hobby. I can only marvel at the stars (and a few planets) while they actually know their way around, based on what they see. That is "knowledge".

QUASAR9 said...

Great adventure

QUASAR9 said...

PS - I last saw the Tomkiki II
on the Isla de la Cartuja
Expo 92 in Seville, Spain.

It was in a sorry state
lying outside resting on concrete like a deflated inflatable
But I guess a crafty made of reeds has a 'limited' life

However I thought they could have made an effort to keep it indoors
and preserve it for posterity

Pandabonium said...

Martin - food for thought indeed. Their voyage touches so many disciplines it is truly amazing. And "knowledge" is really tested when one's life is on the line.

Quasar9 - a great adventure - of and under the stars! Hokule'a.

I have been considering a post about Thor Heyerdahl. His journeys flew in the face of establishment views and whether his theories prove to be right or wrong, he should be honored for his great achievements and willingness to put them to the ultimate test.

QUASAR9 said...

Hi Panda, glad you let the mispelling ride.
Kon-Tiki II was a raft they made in celebration of Thor's Kon-Tiki

As I said when I saw it just laying there under the elements, sagging on concrete.
I thought they could have found a place for it indoors, resting on dry sand - in its 'glory'

I was even tempted to ask for it, bit alas other commiitments and the constraints of time didn't allow to 'explore' such avenues.

They also re-constructed the three carabelas to celebrate the quincentenary of Columbus travels, floating on the water.
I think they later got moved to dry dock further down river to where the skippers Bros Pinzon came from.

I tell you daring the high seas and crossing the Atlantic in those boats was a true 'heroic' feat. Especially since they were sailing to the unknown and possible edge of the world, still half fearing to find or expecting to go over something like the Niagara Falls at the end of the intrepid journey

Pandabonium said...


Thanks. Spelling is rather inconsequential compared to risking one's life to test a theory. I make "mistrakes" all the time. :D

Anyway, my brother sailed the Atlantic - in a modern sailboat - and it was no small feat, so when you talk about the bravery of earlier navigators I'm right with you on that.

Columbus was an SOB when it came to his treatment of indigenous people, however. Not that modern governments are setting a very good example in that regard.


The Moody Minstrel said...

Columbus wasn't exactly nice to the people around him, either. Most people don't know it, but history says that he was generally an arsewhole. He was arrogant, he had a chip on his shoulder, he was mouthy, he was greedy, and he was manipulative. He treated his men like crap. It was bad enough that he went on his mission in three substandard ships bought at bargain prices. He cut corners like crazy on the provisions, nearly starving everyone on the voyage to death. When the crew seemed on the verge of mutiny, he offered a cash prize to the first man that spotted land. Then, when land was actually sighted, he was too cheap to pay up.

Hardly surprising he eventually wound up clapped in irons himself. The man was one of history's biggest jerks.

So was Isaac Newton. But I guess being a jerk is no hindrance to fame.

david santos said...

O dia 25 de Abril de 1974 foi o dia do derrube da ditadura fascista em Portugal, a chamada REVOLUÇÃO DOS CRAVOS, e a queda do (poder) dos inimigos do povo. 25 de Abril, sempre.

Day 25 of April of 1974 was the day of it knocks down of the dictatorship fascist in Portugal, the call REVOLUTION OF the flowers, and the fall of the power of the enemies of the people. 25 of April, forever!
يوم 25 نيسان 1974 كان يوم تقرع عليها من الديكتاتوريه الفاشيه في البرتغال والدعوة للثورة الزهور ، وسقوط سلطة أعداء الشعب. 25 نيسان ، الى الابد!

День 25 апреля 1974 года, в день он постучит в воздухе фашистской диктатуры в Португалии слово О РЕВОЛЮЦИИ цветы, и падение власти враги народа. 25 апреля, навсегда!
Le jour 25 d'avril de 1974 était le jour de lui frappe vers le bas du fasciste de dictature au Portugal, de la RÉVOLUTION d'appel des fleurs, et de la chute de la puissance des ennemis du peuple. 25 d'avril, pour toujours !
Tag 25 von April von 1974 war der Tag von ihm klopft unten vom Diktaturfaschisten in Portugal, von der Anruf REVOLUTION der Blumen und vom Fall der Energie der Feinde von den Leuten. 25 von April, für immer
25天41974年的一天,它拍下來的法西斯獨裁政權,葡萄牙 號召革命的鮮花,秋天的權力得到人民的敵人. 25日,永不停息

Pandabonium said...

Moody - Columbus was a lot of mean nasty things, but sailing those small "ships" (boats really) across the Atlantic was quite amazing. And there were those who went before him - Vikings, perhaps Phoenicians and Celts. All daring, whatever their motives.

David Santos - Obrigado. You have an interesting blog.

Martin J Frid said...

Quasar9, the original Kon-Tiki is on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, so I am a little confused which ship you might have seen in Spain in 1992.

Reena said...


Happysurfer said...

That is a great achievement. Thanks for sharing the news.

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Aloha & Mahalo
Pokole (shorty)