National Geographic : 1976 Mar
Polynesian voyager recalls Hawaii's past SIGHT UNSEEN FOR CENTURIES, a double hulled voyaging canoe like those of the early Polynesians speeds wing and wing through Hawaiian waters (above). In a test of the per formance of such craft, an 18-man crew will shortly attempt to sail Hokule'a, or "Star of Gladness," on a 6,000-mile round trip to Tahiti. Many Hawaiian hands have joined with the Polynesian Voyaging Society to build the vessel. Crew chief Kimo Hugho (right, lower) mends a steering sweep with a traditional adz. In next month's GEOGRAPHIC, training skipper Herb Kane (right, top) tells of the perilous testing of Hokule'a-an adventure you can share with your friends by nominating them for membership on the form below.