BY DONNA PARKIN — Hawaii’s Hokulea sailed into Sydney Harbour on May 19 as part of its worldwide conservation-themed Malama Honua voyage and Outrigger’s Sydney-based team members Andrew Gee, regional director of sales and marketing and Juliet Hudson, sales manager, were on hand to greet it.
A spectacular ceremony featuring traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander canoes and cultural performances welcomed Hōkūle‘a when it berthed at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Outrigger Enterprises Group has a long-standing relationship with the Polynesian Voyaging Society that launched the vessel in Hawaii in 1975 and is a strategic partner in the current worldwide voyage.
Hokulea aims to revitalise traditional voyaging and navigation traditions and will be open for a week to allow visitors and school students to climb on board, meet the crew and learn more about this unique vessel and its message.
The 19-metre (62-foot) vessel uses only wind power and is navigated using ancestral knowledge of star patterns, ocean movement, marine life and weather patterns.
While in Australia it will visit Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Lizard Island, Thursday Island and Darwin.