Jul 17, 2016 10:42 PM

Hawaiian canoe that travels the world docks in NH for first time

NEW CASTLE - As a Hawaiian canoe made its way to the Seacoast, it celebrated an epic journey. And people from all over the Granite State were excited to see is stop in New Hampshire.

The Hawaii Hokulea is a canoe sacred to the people of Hawaii.

"She kind of re-sparked a cultural revivance that brought back our language, our practices, our traditional way of finding and sailing techniques," said Justyn Ah-Chong a crew member speaking about the Hokulea.

The canoe was built for one voyage - but over the past four decades, it's traveled more than 170,000 miles. For the last four years it's been at sea traveling the world.

"From Australia to Indonesia to Bali then across the Indian Ocean to South Africa", said Bruce Blankenfeld the current captain of Hokulea, "Then from Cape Town South Africa to across the Atlantic, to Brazil then from Brazil to the Virgin Islands. To Cuba and then up to Key West and then from Key West we came right up to the coast and here we are in New Hampshire."

This is the first time the Hokulea has been docked in N.H. Hundreds of people flocked to the vessel to take a tour and learn how the crew uses old traditions to navigate through the high seas on Sunday.

"It's ancient technologies. It's amazing to see what they can do with these technologies." said Mark Traveis of Boxwood, Mass., brought his whole family to see the canoe.

"Study the stars," said Kate Donegan of Manchester. "If it's a story night and they said the sun-rise and sunset are important. Just to know where they are with the current and locally."

It's more than just traveling the world, it's also sharing old customs with millions of people across the globe.

"That was the whole objective was to learn, share, and maybe set some kind of stepping stones,"said Blankenfeld. "Turn over the helms so to speak for the next generation."

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