Powered by

Polynesian craft circles globe with nature as a guide

Jun 19, 2017 - The Boston Globe

The Hokulea, a double-hulled voyaging canoe, shown off Honolulu three years ago, has returned to Hawaii after making a journey around the world.

HONOLULU — No modern navigation instruments guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe.

About a dozen crew members for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature's cues — ocean swells, stars, wind, birds — and their own "naau," or gut, to sail acro...