Crew members hope the success of the journey will inspire other indigenous cultures to rediscover and revive traditions. (AP Photo/Sam Eifling, File)
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No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe.Thousands welcomed the double-hulled canoe Hokulea home to Hawaii Saturday when it entered a channel off the island Oahu and tied up to a floating dock with iconic Diamond Head in the distance.The voyage perpetuated the traditional wayfinding that brought the first Polynesians several thousand miles to Hawaii hundreds of years ago.The canoe was built and launched in the 1970s, when there were no Polynesian navigators left.The epic round-the-world voyage that started in 2014 shows how far Hokulea has gone since its first voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976 .Disaster befell another voyage in 1978 when the canoe capsized off the Hawaiian island of Molokai in a blinding storm. Crew members of the worldwide voyage were mindful to incorporate that into daily life.Last week the crew spotted the around 3,000-meter-high Maui mountain Haleakala looming in the distance, signifying Hokulea's official return to Hawaii waters.After returning, Hokulea will embark on an eight-month trip sailing throughout the Hawaiian islands.
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