Hokulea to stop in Cuba during worldwide canoe voyage

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2016 7:32 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The Polynesian voyaging canoe sailing around the world without modern navigation equipment will be stopping in Cuba.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society announced Tuesday that Hokulea will visit Cuba during the Caribbean leg of the journey.

Hokulea is expected to arrive at Havana, Cuba on March 17.

During the four-day visit, crewmembers will join a meeting on U.S.-Cuba relations and discussions on cultural connections between Cuba and Hawaii.

Polynesian Voyaging Society President Nainoa Thompson says crewmembers look forward to learning more about Cuba's cultural and environmental preservation efforts.

Hokulea arrived in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Sunday. Weather permitting, Hokulea will depart for the British Virgin Islands on Friday.

Hokulea left Hawaii in 2014. The voyage is expected to end in 2017.