Hokule'a was born in 1974 following a proposal to build a replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and to conduct a round-trip voyage between Hawaii and Tahiti. The voyage's purpose was to investigate Polynesian non-instrument navigation. In the years since its first, and very successful voyage in 1976, Hokule'a and its crew of skilled navigators and sailors, have crossed the Pacific Ocean many times.
The design of Hokule'a is based on pictorial reconstructions by Herbert Kawainui Kane who is an authority on Polynesian voyaging canoes. His book "Voyagers" contains a wonderful selection of images illustrating voyaging canoes. Some of the model canoes in this section have been inspired by those illustrations. This album is primarily dedicated to the double-hull voyaging canoe Hokule'a.
Each model is a hand crafted, custom made work of art made with local woods by the artist in Hawaii.
The size for this model is 24"x22"
Included Acrylic display case
Images and description courtesy of Francis Pimmel