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Jun 8, 2016 4:27 PM

Historic Hawaii Hokule'a canoe making NH stop on trip around the world

PORTSMOUTH - New Hampshire residents will get a unique opportunity to tour the Hawaii Hokule’a next month when it docks for three days in New Castle.

The Hokule’a has been traveling around the world since May 2014. What make it unique is the fact that the 62-foot long canoe has no modern instruments. Its 12-person crew navigates the canoe like Polynesians navigated the ocean a couple of thousand years ago.

“This is about real explorers just as they were 2,000 years ago,” said John Savastano who has been coordinating with the crew to stop in New Hampshire on the way to Nova Scotia.

In the spirit of great navigators from yesteryear, crewmembers use the stars, moon, sun, and ocean swells to travel the seas. They’ve managed to stay at sea for the past 25 months without using modern technology.

“We’re confirmed for the 17th of July and they are staying for three days. We hope the public will come and see the canoe. They will be giving canoe tours every day,” said Savastano.

The Hokule’a will be docked at the Wentworth Marina. While in New Castle, crew members will also work with members of the Seacoast Science Center in an ongoing education program about sustainability and the ocean.

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