BuildingThe Hokuleia was built between 1973 and 1975 and launched at Kualoa on
the Windward side of Oahu.
Purpose:Hokuleia was the first canoe built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and was built to prove that it was possible for the ancient Polynesians to intentionally voyage and migrate the long distances between their isolated islands using their double-hulled canoe without the use of western navigational instruments. In 1976, the PVS set out on a 5,000 mile roundtrip between Hawai'i and Kahiki (Tahiti) where the traditions say the Hawaiians originated. That first voyage proved their theory by demonstrating that both the vessel design and the ancient navigational techniques were more than capable for making the regular trips which the Polynesian claimed to have travelled.
Who owns the Hokuleia: The Hokuleia is owned by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and is usually homeported in Honolulu, Hawai'i.