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Voyage of RediscoveryA Cultural Odyssey through Polynesia$
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Ben Finney

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080027

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080027.001.0001

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More than Halfway Around the World

More than Halfway Around the World

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Voyage of Rediscovery

Ben Finney

University of California Press

Hōkūle'a sailed from Hawai'i on the tenth of July 1985 and returned home on the twenty-third of May 1987, completing the long voyage through Polynesia in just six weeks short of two years. In order to be able to construct an accurate track of the canoe over the entire route of the voyage, Hōkūle'a was tracked by the ARGOS satellite system and by frequent position fixes made with the satellite navigation receiver aboard the yacht Dorcas, which followed the canoe as an escort vessel throughout the entire voyage. Totaling the distances between satellite position fixes yields a minimum measure of the distance sailed by the canoe: 11,511 nautical miles from the fishing village of Miloli'i on the southwestern coast of the island of Hawai'i through Polynesia and back to the port of Hilo on the northeastern coast of that island.

Keywords:   Hōkūle'a, Hawai'i, Polynesia, ARGOS, satellite, Dorcas, Miloli'i, Hilo

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