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Herb Kawainui Kāne

Herb Kawainui Kāne (June 21, 1928 - March 8, 2011) was an artist-historian with a special interest in Hawaiʻi and the South Pacific. Through his paintings, he documented many aspects of Polynesian crafts and culture. His research on Polynesian canoes and voyaging led to his participation as general designer and builder of Hōkūleʻa, the 60' replica of an ancient sailing canoe on which he served as its first captain in 1975.  He was also one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Voyages on the Hōkūle‘a were navigated entirely without instruments. The longest journey by Hōkūle‘a was the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage from 2013 through 2017, which included visits to 23 countries and territories. Hōkūle‘a continues to be used for training in the ancient sailing methods.


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