Hokule'a sails into Portsmouth

Jul 16, 2016 4:00 PM

Hokule'a reaches Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH - Hokule'a has sailed into Portsmouth.

The canoe, is a double-hulled sailing canoe, similar to the canoes that brought the first Polynesians to Hawaii.

According to the Polynesian Voyaging Society's website: "The canoes that brought the first Hawaiians to their island home had disappeared from earth. Cultural extinction felt dangerously close to many Hawaiians when artist Herb Kane dreamed of rebuilding a double-hulled sailing canoe similar to the ones that his ancestors sailed. Though more than 600 years had passed since the last of these canoes had been seen, this dream brought together people of diverse backgrounds and professions. Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hokule'a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe — she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the world to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing."

In March, the canoe touched the continental U.S. for the first time in Florida. Hokule'a has been sailing up the east coast since then, making stops in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Most recently, it has sailed from New Bedford, Mass., to Boston and on to Salem, Mass. It reached Portsmouth Saturday afternoon.

There will be canoe tours at Wentworth Marina in Little Harbor, New Castle, from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Canoe tours are free and open to the public.

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