Volumes have been written about the voyages of Hokule’a. TV documentaries have been shown worldwide testifying to the seaworthiness of this remarkable double-hull canoe. Songs have been composed praising its beauty and relevance in the heart of the Hawaiian people.
Hokule’a was born in 1974 following a proposal to build a replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and to conduct a round-trip voyage between Hawaii and Tahiti. The voyage’s purpose was to investigate Polynesian non-instrument navigation. In the years since its first, and very successful voyage in 1976, Hokule’a and its crew of skilled navigators and sailors, have crossed the Pacific Ocean many times.
The design of Hokule’a is based on pictorial reconstructions by Herbert Kawainui Kane who is an authority on Polynesian voyaging canoes. His book “Voyagers” contains a wonderful selection of images illustrating voyaging canoes. This page is primarily dedicated to the double-hull voyaging canoe Hokule’a and is showing a selection of models done over the years.
Each model is a hand crafted, custom made work of art made with local woods by the artist in Hawaii. Hokule’a scale models are available in the following sizes: 12, 24 and 36 inches, or 30.5 cm, 61 cm and 91.5 cm.