Sailing Back and Forth Between Hawaiʻi and Tahiti

Ben Finney

in Voyage of Rediscovery

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080027
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913059 | DOI:
Sailing Back and Forth Between Hawaiʻi and Tahiti

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The voyage Hōkūle'a made in 1976 from Hawai'i to Tahiti and back set a new standard in experimental voyaging, for it was the first time a reconstructed craft had sailed both ways over a long oceanic course. Hōkūle'a's passage to Tahiti and back in 1980 replicated the 1976 voyage and extended its significance in that both legs were navigated without instruments. Considered together, the first leg of the Voyage of Rediscovery from Hawai'i to Tahiti in 1985 and the last leg from Tahiti back to Hawai'i in 1987 comprise the canoe's third roundtrip between these two centers of Polynesia. To have made not one but three roundtrip crossings between such distantly separated islands stands as an accomplishment unparalleled in the field of experimental voyaging, particularly since Hōkūle'a was guided by noninstrument navigation techniques on all legs except the return one to Hawai'i in 1976.

Keywords: Hōkūle'a; Hawai'i; Tahiti; Voyage; Rediscovery; Polynesia

Chapter.  14394 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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