Petersburg to welcome Hōkūle'a crew this week


Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire

The Hōkūle'a arrives in Auke Bay on June 11, where it was welcomed by hundreds of Juneau residents and tribal leaders.

Community members are preparing to welcome the crew of the Hōkūle'a when it visits Petersburg this week as part of its Moananuiākea Voyage, a journey that will cover 43,000 nautical miles around the Pacific Ocean over the next four years.

According to the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Hōkūle'a, meaning "Star of Gladness," is a deep sea double-hulled voyaging canoe built in a traditional Hawaiian style that can be crewed by about a dozen people.

Its voyage will take 400 crew members, who will rotate during each leg of the journey, to 345 ports across 36 countries and archipelagoes an...

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