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11 Incredible Photos of the Hōkūleʻa With Iconic Landmarks From Around the World

Get a glimpse of the Polynesian voyaging canoe’s journey across the globe.




Five oceans, 27 countries and 26,000 nautical miles after setting off from Hawai‘i in 2014, the Hōkūle‘a made its historic landing in New York City this week just in time for World Oceans Day. 


Everything ocean-related will be celebrated around the globe today, June 8. Hawai‘i’s famous Polynesian voyaging canoe, traveling the world by a map of the stars, is spreading the message of Mālama Honua, or “to care for our Island Earth.” 


SEE ALSO: Quote Unquote: Meet Nā‘ālehu Anthony, Hōkūle‘a’s Storyteller


Navigator Nainoa Thompson will address the United Nations for this year’s World Oceans Day theme, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.” “We are sailing to New York not just to share Hōkūle‘a and her inspiring legacy, not just to share these stories of great navigators and bring to light the issues facing our oceans and people,” he says. “We are sailing to deliver declarations from people and places that are dedicating themselves toward action and commitment.”


New York City is just one of the last few stops on the Hōkūle‘a’s East Coast tour. The crew is expected to depart New York City on June 18, traveling to New England for multiple events. The Hōkūle‘a is then scheduled to travel to Panama, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Rapa Nui, Pitcairn and French Polynesia in 2017. 


In honor of World Oceans Day, we bring you 11 stunning iconic photos from the canoe’s worldwide journey that are sure to give you chicken skin. 


1. Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawai‘i

May 17, 2014 

Photo: ‘Ōiwi TV, Kaimana Pinē


2. Swains Island in American Sāmoa

Sept. 15, 2014

PHOTO: ‘Ōiwi TV, Kaeleleo Wong


3. Auckland, New Zealand

Dec. 8, 2014 



4. Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia 

May 19, 2015 

Photo: Nick Tomasello

5. Cocos Island 

Aug. 24, 2015

PHOTO: ‘ŌIWI TV, Nā‘ālehu Anthony


6. St. John National Park in Virgin Islands 

March 9, 2016 

Photo: ‘Ōiwi TV, Justyn Ah Chong 


7. Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Virginia

May 13, 2016 



8. The National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

May 18, 2016 

PHOTO: Bryson Hoe




9. Cape May, New Jersey 

June 3, 2016 



10. City Skyline with One World Trade Center in New York City, New York 

June 5, 2016



11. The Statue of Liberty in New York City, New York 

June 5, 2016



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