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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

WCA prepares for arrival of Polynesian vessel in late June

 

Clarise Larson/Juneau Empire

The Hōkūle'a, a 62-foot-long double-hulled, wind-powered traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe arrived at Auke Bay in Juneau last Saturday, readying for the start of a four-year voyage across 43,000 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean.

A nearly four-year sailing journey will launch on Thursday from Juneau - and Wrangell is part of the itinerary.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society is setting sail in the Hōkūleʻa as part of its Moananuiākea circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean, touring Southeast before continuing on. It will tentatively arrive in Wrangell on June 26.

Members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association are preparing for the arrival of the 16-member Hawaiian vessel which will stop in Angoon, Kake and Petersburg before heading to Wrangell. From here, it will sail to Ketchikan, Saxman, Metlakatla and Hydaburg.

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