I heard a story on NPR today about the traditional Polynesian sailing vessel known as Hokulei’a (out of Hawai’i). I got the chance to see this large sailing canoe about 7 or 8 years ago in Hawai’i. It is impressive. What is more impressive is that some ambitious voyagers are taking the craft around the world using primarily traditional forms of navigation – no GPS, no satellites, no radar.
The vessel is planning to sail across the Atlantic next (it is presently in Durban, South Africa) before it comes up the South American coast toward Washington, D.C. They are planning to visit the Hawaiian President (Obama) before he leaves office. And I for one, would love to be on the edge of the Potomac River to cheer on the Hokulei’a as it sails past! These are ambassadors worth receiving!
You can see more at their beautiful website: http://www.hokulea.com/