PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
PALAU PRESIDENT JOINS HOKULE’A VOYAGERS IN YAP
By Bernadette H. Carreon
KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, April 5) – Palau President Tommy Remengesau will be joining the Hokule’a voyage from Yap to Palau.
Remengesau is already in Yap to be a part of the voyage, which is expected to dock in Palau Sunday morning.
The president said this is the first time that he will be part of the voyage which he said is a very laudable effort.
On January 19, 2007, Hokule'a left Hawaii with the voyaging canoe Alingano Maisu on a voyage to Micronesia and Japan. The voyage is expected to take five months.
The voyaging canoe Hokule'a will travel 7,000 miles.
[PIR editor’s note: Those interested in tracking the progress of the two traditional voyaging canoes as they make their way across the ocean without modern navigational devices may do so at the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s website.]
The Micronesian leg of the voyage includes a stop at Satawal in the Caroline Islands of the Federated States of Micronesia.
It will then continue from Palau to Okinawa, Japan.
During the Micronesian part of the voyage, doctors and nurses will stop at Majuro (Marshall Islands), Ponape, Chuuk, Satawal, Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) and Palau.
The Micronesia stops will involve health mission spearheaded by the Aloha Medical Mission, Oceania Community Health, Papa Ola Lokahi, University of Hawaii Medical School and Pacific Basin Medical Association.
A ceremony will be conducted on Sunday to welcome the voyage.
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