Tutu-blessed circumnavigating Hawaii canoe hits halfway mark at Cape Town

AP

A Polynesian voyaging canoe that’s guided solely by nature as it circles the globe has reached the halfway point on its three-year journey.

The double-hulled canoe Hokulea left Hawaii last year, and its crew members are sailing without modern navigation equipment. They are using the motion of the waves and the position of the stars to guide their path, sailing the way that brought the first Polynesians to the Hawaiian islands.

Hokulea’s crew arrived last week in Cape Town, South Africa, and is teaching the local community about traditional navigation, Native Hawaiian culture and caring for the ocean.

Navigator Nainoa Thompson said Monday from Cape Town that the stop was made possible with permission from Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, who blessed the Hokulea during a 2012 visit to Hawaii.