(CNN)Pomp and scenario welcomed the Hokulea, a standard Polynesian deep-sea canoe, on its go back to Hawaii after a three-year international trip.
Thousands of individuals were on hand Saturday on the island of Oahu to welcome the vessel, which browsed the world’s seas relying mainly on the sun and stars, ocean waves and cloud motion.
The Hokulea and its sis ship, Hikianalia, covered a combined 60,000 nautical miles, over 150 ports, and 23 areas and nations, the Polynesian Voyaging Society site reported. It’s objective: to display standard Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of expedition and sustainability.
The double-hulled cruising canoe is a efficiency reproduction of the canoes early Polynesians likely utilized 3,000 years ago to find all Polynesia.
The Hokulea was welcomed in the harbor by other reproduction Polynesian voyaging canoes along with modern-day ships, sailboats, wave runners and paddle boarders.
One part of the arrival celebrations took place on land– the kalii, or spear tossing event. The conventional rite hasn’t been carried out in almost 200 years, inning accordance with CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now .
In the hazardous event, spears are tossed towards one male– who either captures the spears or deflects them. It’s indicated to challenge warriors getting in a colony.
Hokulea team member Sam Kapoi carried out the job, warding off 8 conventional spears.
“It was provided for canoes that left the world … essentially in the hands of God. The spears reveal that the individual capturing is still a male, not a god,” Kapoi informed the affiliate.
Kapoi knocked the last spear into the ground, signifying the Hokulea’s return.