Like Hōkūle‘a, Hikianalia carries a Hawaiian star name. Spica (Hikianalia) rises together with Arcturus (Hōkūle‘a) in Hawai‘i. “They are sister stars because they break the horizon together, and Hikianalia will be the first wa‘a, or traditional double-hulled canoe, to accompany Hōkūle‘a as an escort vessel,” explains master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld.
Hikianalia will sail alongside Hōkūle‘a as part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s 2013 Worldwide Voyage and will be a vital component in the WWV’s educational endeavors.
Hikianalia is a high-tech, eco-friendly double-hulled canoe constructed by master boat builders in Auckland, New Zealand. She is made from the same mold as the seven waka moana of the Pacific Voyagers that sailed to Hawai‘i in 2011.
Hikinanalia has electric rather than diesel motors, and in-board propellers. She is 72 feet long, 23 feet wide, and has a carrying capacity of 30,000 gross tonnage. Each of Hikianalia’s hulls contains an electric motor powered by onboard photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight to electric propulsive energy.
Hikianalia was launched in Auckland on September 15th. Since then, crewmembers have put her through extensive sea trials.
“She has great balance and sails beautifully,” says Blankenfeld, who will captain Hikianalia from Aotearoa to Tahiti. “Like all canoes, she’s definitely a living entity and will be a faithful companion to Hōkūle‘a during the Worldwide Voyage.”
Hikianalia is expected to reach Pape‘ete in 3 weeks, accompanied by the Tahitian canoe Fa‘afaite. A new crew will sail Hikianalia to Hawai‘i from Tahiti and will make landfall in Hilo.
Sea Trials in Aotearoa
Sail to Tahiti