Some members in a canoe are currently sailing around the world without anything to guide them. No GPS or motors.
They rely on the sun and stars as reliable guiding posts in their journey around the world. While seated in a Polynesian deep sea canoe, the crew has proven to the rest of the world that you can go for a travel spree around the globe in Hawaiian style. They departed Hawaii in 2014. Now they have reached NYC. They were given a warm welcome by Ban Ki-moon.
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The canoe is a smaller version of what the earliest Polynesians used 3000 years ago. They managed to discover their homeland via the employment of such a canoe.
One of the present day crew spoke of how the canoe was the vehicle of their ancestors. Termed “Hokulea” the venture means “star of gladness”. The crew made entries in some 65 odd ports in over 14 countries.
When they landed the canoe in New York, it was their first experience of The Big Apple. One of them said that their goal was to raise awareness about things that they valued in life. Especially, the ocean as a means of sustenance was of key importance.
They also said that you were never going to protect something unless you knew something about it. To protect something meant that you also cared deeply for it.
A roster of over 200 volunteer crew members took turns in rotation regarding the canoe in its journey around the world, according to CNN. They participated in five week rounds aboard the canoe with a dozen crew members riding it each time.
Although they mostly relied on the natural signals to navigate around the globe, sometimes simple instruments were used by them as well. This was so especially when they sailed into New York and the Great Barrier Reef.
The basic goal of the group was not to prove in any way that they could do without instruments. It was to show that they could manage on their own if they so preferred.
Among some of the visits the crew members made could be included: French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa and American Samoa.
Also Australia, Indonesia, Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, Cuba and Washington were other pit stops along the way. The goals for next year include: Panama, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and Tahiti.
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