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Hokule’a may call in later this week

THE double-hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule’a may call in to Gisborne later this week, but it depends on the weather.

The famous ocean-going craft has been in Auckland since early December and is due to sail for Picton and Wellington shortly.

“The waka hourua may call in to Gisborne on her way south but that depends very much on the weather conditions this week,” said Jennie Harre Hindmarsh from the Turanganui a Kiwa Voyaging Trust.

The Hokule’a is operated by traditional celestial navigation techniques and her movements are largely governed by the weather.

“The latest tentative plan is for the Hokule’a to sail south later this week and she may or may not be able to sail into Gisborne as she heads south,” Dr Harre Hindmarsh says.

“She will definitely call in to Gisborne on her way back to Auckland — at this stage sometime in early February.

“The plan is for the Hokule’a to stay here for a few days then.”

The craft is the epitomy of the renaissance of traditional Polynesian ocean-going sailing.

“The Turanganui a Kiwa Voyaging Trust is fundraising for a Tairawhiti waka hourua to be used as a floating classroom here, and is working with the operators of the Hokule’a to plan activities for that February visit.

“Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the Hokule’a when she comes to Gisborne,” says Dr Hindmarsh.

“They will be able to meet the crew, talk about what the Pacific voyaging craft does and discuss the sustainability of our oceans.”