December 3, 1999 Morning Report (from Bruce Blankenfeld and Kamaki Worthington) / 23.5 days since departure: Hokule'a sighted Tahiti dead ahead at sunrise this morning--a shadow on the horizon. Winds are extremely light, 3 knots from Hikina (E); seas calm, skies clear andsunny, with fair weather clouds. The canoe is still under tow at 7 knots, heading Na Leo Kona (SSW) and should arrive in Pape'ete, Tahiti, late this afternoon. A delegation from Hale'iwa, O'ahu, where crew member Kimo Lyman works with the community on voyaging projects, has traveled to Tahiti to greet Hokule'a. Estimated Latitude at sunrise: 17 degrees 15' S. Actual Position of Hokule'a at 6:00 a.m. HST: 16 degrees 31' S; 148 degrees 46'W.
December 4, 1999 Morning Report:
Hokule'a arrived in Tahiti at 7:23 yesterday evening. The voyage from Rapa
Nui took 24 days; the crew covered 2901 nautical miles, averaging 5 knots.
Pape'ete: 17 degrees 32' S; 149 degrees 34'W. The Voyage Home: Hokule'a
will resupply, change crews, and depart from Tahiti for Hawai'i at the end
of December, 1999 or early January, 2000, pending weather.
For more information on the quest for Rapa Nui, go to the PVS Homepage.