The Latest: Crew member says ancestors led way in journey


The Latest: Crew member says ancestors led way in journey
  1. The Latest: Crew member says ancestors led way in journey
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    HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on the return to Hawaii of a Polynesian voyaging canoe after a three-year journey around the world guided only by nature(all times…
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HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on the return to Hawaii of a Polynesian voyaging canoe after a three-year journey around the world guided only by nature(all times local):

1:15 p.m.

An apprentice navigator on the double-hulled canoe that made it home to Hawaii after an around-the-world trip says the successful journey taught her the value of ancient Polynesian maritime techniques. The crew of the Hokulea used only those techniques to make the journey.

"We really are sailing in their (the ancestors') wake," says Ka'iulani Murphy, 38. "We had to re-learn what our ancestors had mastered."

Murphy says the toughest part of the journey was dealing with cloud cover and trying to maintain the proper speed so the boat escorting the canoe could keep pace.

She says she enjoyed eating the fish that the crew caught during the journey.

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1 p.m.

Thousands are welcoming the double-hulled canoe Hokulea home to Hawaii after it entered a channel off the island of Oahu and tied up to a floating dock with iconic Diamond Head in the distance.

"Just being here and feeling the mana that's here, it's something to enjoy which brings tears to my eyes," said Bert Wong, who came to Ala Moana Beach Park to celebrate Hokulea's homecoming - and to celebrate his son, Kaleo, a Hokulea navigator, according to Hawaii News Now. "This is so powerful."

The crew held a formal homecoming ceremony on Magic Island, which is in Honolulu, that was to include welcoming remarks from Gov. David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell and a short speech by Nainoa Thompson, a well-known master navigator, the Honolulu

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9:06 a.m.

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