The Voyage to Rapa Nui / 1999-2000
Leg 3: Mangareva to Rapa Nui
Photo: Hokule'a Sailing off Rapa Nui.
Maps: (1) Map of the Voyage to Rapa Nui, June 1999-February 2000 (5 Legs); (2) Mangareva-Rapa Nui; (3) Course Strategy: Mangareva to Rapa Nui; (4) Map with Reference Course Line: Mangareva to Rapa Nui
Latitude Stars for Rapa Nui
Reports and Photos
Reports by Sam Low and Chad Baybayan / Photos by Sonny Ahuna on Hokule'a and Sam Low on Kama Hele. (Chad Baybayan's Journal Entries appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser during the voyage.)
Sept. 14, 1999--Documentor Sam Low interviews crew members Aaron Young, Dr. Ben Tamura, and Mike Tongg about how they prepared themselves for the voyage.
Sept. 15, 1999--Arrival in Mangareva (Sam Low)
Sept. 17, 1999--Hokule'a Day at Mangareva School (Sam Low)
Photos sent 9/19/99 from Rikitea, Mangareva, French Polynesia
Sept. 20, 1999--A Traditional Voyaging Story of Mangareva (Sam Low)
Sept. 20, 1999--Departure Imminent (Sam Low)
Sept. 20, 1999--Practicing the Person Overboard Rescue Procedure (Sam Low)
Sept. 20, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Thoughts on Departure
Sept. 21, 1999--On the Escort Boat Kama Hele (Sam Low)
Sept. 21, 1999--Final Preparations for Departure (Sam Low)
Sept. 22, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Decision to Depart; Meeting Max, Farewell to Mangareva
Sept. 22, 1999--Nainoa Thompson: Thoughts on the Mission of the Voyage (Interview by Sam Low)
Sept. 22, 1999--Departure (Sam Low)
Photos sent 9/22/99 from Kama Hele and Hokule'a at Sea, about 150 miles out of Mangareva, French Polynesia: Towing Out of Mangareva. (Wide Shot) The navigators backsighted on the high peaks of Mangareva until the island disppaeared from view; Towing Out of Mangareva. (Tight Shot); Opening the Sails; Under Sail 1; Under Sail 2
Sept. 23, 1999--First Day at Sea
Photos sent 9/23/99 from Hokule'a at Sea
Photos sent 9/24/99 from Hokule'a at Sea
Sept. 24, 1999--Sighting Pitcairn
Sept. 24, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Memories of Pitcairn
Photos sent 9/25/99 from Hokule'a at Sea
Sept. 25, 1999--After a brief stop at Pitcairn, Hokule'a continue on in favorable 15-25 knots of wind (Sam Low)
Photos sent 9/26 a.m. from Hokule'a at Sea
Sept. 26, 1999--Traveling at 6 knots in 25 knots winds from the NNE.
Sept. 26, 7 p.m.1999--Reading cloud formations (Sam Low)
Photos sent 9/26/99 from Hokule'a at Sea
Sept. 27, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Getting into a Rhythm
Sept. 27, 1999--Past 125 degrees W (Ducie Atoll 100 miles to the N)
Sept. 27, 1999--Thoughts of Navigator Nainoa Thompson on the Voyage So Far Half the Distance to Rapa Nui (interview by Sam Low)
Sept. 28, a.m.1999--Story of Maka's Petroglyph, a gift to Mangarevan host Bruno Schmidt (Sam Low)
Sept. 29, 1999--A night of squally weather (Sam Low)
Sept. 29, 1999--Nainoa's latest thinking on finding Rapa Nui (Interview by Sam Low)
Sept. 29, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Life at Sea
Oct. 1 a.m., 1999--Light and Variable Winds, Slow Progress
Oct.1, 1999, p.m.--Navigator's meeting at sunrise (Sam Low)
Oct. 1, 1999--Chad Baybayan: The Crew
Oct. 2, 1999, a.m.--Weather predictions
Oct. 2, 1999, p.m.--Wind freshens (Sam Low)
Oct. 3, 1999, a.m.--Morning Position
Oct. 3, 1999, p.m.--Tacking South
Oct. 4, 1999, a.m.--Wind Dies
Oct. 4, 1999, p.m.--Slow Going (Sam Low)
Oct. 4, 1999, p.m.--Memories of Pitcairn Island (Sam Low)
Oct. 4, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Cherishing the Spirit
Oct. 4, 1999, p.m.--Interview with Nainoa by Tiare Lawrence (On Oct 4 at 10:00 p.m.)
Oct. 5, 1999, a.m.--Tacking East
Oct. 5, 1999, p.m.--Steering in Light Winds (Sam Low)
Oct. 6, 1999, a.m.--Interview with Chad by Amber Ladera (on Oct 5 at 7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 6, 1999, a.m.--No winds; then too much wind (Sam Low)
Oct. 6, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Gray Skies
Oct. 7, 1999, a.m.--Position Reports
Oct. 7, 1999, a.m.--Interview with Chad by Kahula Hoke (on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 7, 1999, p.m.--Squalls! (Sam Low)
Oct. 8, 1999, a.m.--Position Reports
Oct. 8, 1999, a.m.--Interview with Chad by Brandon Fernandez (on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 8, 1999, p.m.--Landfall--riding the winds to the east (Sam Low)
Oct. 8, 1999--Chad Baybayan: Landfall
Oct. 8, 1999, p.m.--Thoughts of Navigators and Documentor Sam Low at the End of the Voyage
Photo: Hokule'a sailing toward Rapa Nui. Crew member Max Yarawamai sighted the island just before dawn on October 8 after a seventeen and a half day voyage from Mangareva (Photo: Polynesian Voyaging Society).
Oct. 9, 1999, a.m.--Arrival in Rapa Nui--Report by Juan P. Soler from "Gazette Te Rapa Nui," October 10, 1999: Welcome on Rapa Nui.
Photo: Hokule'a entering Hanga Piko harbor, Rapa Nui, October 9. (Photo: From "Gazette Te Rapa Nui"; courtesy of Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum).
Oct. 12, 1999, a.m.--Activities on Land.
Photo: The Crews of Hokule'a and Kama Hele on Rapa Nui. Front Row: Sonny Ahuna, Kealoha Hoe, Tava Taupu, Aaron Young, Max Yarawamai, Tim Gilliom; Middle Row: Dr. Ben Tamura, Bob Krauss (Honolulu Advertiser); Back Row: ?, Shantell Ching, Mike Tongg, Navigator Chad Baybayan, Mel Paoa, Sam Low, Navigator Bruce Blankenfeld, Makanani Attwood, Navigator Nainoa Thompson, Kamaki Worthington. Missing: Crew Member Terry Hee; Escort Boat Captain Alex Jakubenko and Elsa Jakubenko.
Photo: Anakena, Rapa Nui: Hokule'a was formally welcomed at a ceremony at Anakena on the north side of Rapa Nui on October 19, 1999. A triangular stone platform representing the Polynesian Triangle was built above the beach at Anakena by Carlos Hucke. Anakena is the landing site of Hotu Matua, the founder of Rapa Nui. Stones from Hawa'i were placed at the northern corner of the platform. Stones were brought from Niu Valley, O'ahu, by Pinky Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Kipahulu, Maui, by Sol Kaho'ohalahala representing Maui County; Pu'ukohola Heiau on the Big Island; Le'ahi, O'ahu, by Kumu John Lake's Hula Halau; Kawainui Marsh, O'ahu, by Chuck Burroughs of the Hui Lama Club of Kamehameha Schools and the Kawainui Marsh Foundation, which is restoring cultural sites at the Marsh; a stone was also placed by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I (photo courtesy of Bob Alakai, who accompanied Kumu John Lake's Hula Halau).
Captain Nainoa Thompson (Bio); Navigators Nainoa Thompson, Chad Baybayan (Bio), Bruce Blankenfeld (Bio). Hokule'a Crew: Sonny Ahuna, photographer and videographer (O'ahu), Shantell Ching (O'ahu), Terry Hee (O'ahu), Mel Paoa (Molokai'i), Ben Tamura, M.D. (O'ahu), Tava Taupu (Nukuhiva/Hawai'i), Mike Tongg (O'ahu), Max Yarawamai (Micronesia/Hawai'i), Aaron Young (O'ahu). Kama Hele (Escort Vessel) Crew: Captain Alex Jakubenko (O'ahu); Elsa Jakubenko (O'ahu); Tim Gilliom (Maui); Kealoha Hoe (O'ahu); Attwood Makanani (Kaua'i); Kamaki Worthington (O'ahu); Sam Low, Writer.