Hokulea's apprentice navigators prepare to set sailUPDATED 8:17 PM HST May 16, 2014Video Transcript
Hokulea...as she prepares to set sail on a voyage around the world. Tonight...we introduce you to apprentice navigators ...who are putting what they have learned in the classroom to the ULTIMATE test! And the instructor who is GUIDING them to a destination...you won't find on a map- Sot full in class ---------------------- --------- that's Haunani Kane ..... one of several apprentice navigators with the polynesian voyaging society. We caught up with her on her final day of classes at UH Manoa---- she graduates this weekend with a masters in geology and geophysics. Her interest in voyaging began a decade ago--- when she was just 16. She is now among the small group on this first leg of an around the world journey who are hoping to find tahiti--- She says learning to navigate using only nature---has not been easy--- but kane says they have had an advantage over THEIR TEACHERS. 52;52-53:18 WHEN NAINOA WAS LEARNING WITH UNCLE WILL KYSELKA THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE PLANETARIUM AND LEARN THE STARS IN THIS BIG ROOM DIDNT ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS. FOR US, WE CAN LOOK ON OUR PHONE USE THE STAR WALK APP AND WE CAN USE OUR BASIC COMPUTER AND LAPTOP AND JUST TRY TO SEE WHERE THE MOON IS GOING TO BE THROUGHOUT OUR ENTIRE VOYAGE!!! But once they climb aboard the canoe--- they will be unplugged. 54:04-54:11 ONCE WE GET OUT THERE ALL WE'LL HAVE IS WHAT'S IN OUR HEADS. SO HOPEFULLY WE'VE REMEMBERED EVERYTHING! Last September the apprentice navigators passed their first big test---- navigating and finding the island of nihoa. 54:29-45 WE KNEW WE WANTED TO FIND THE ISLAND EARLY IN THE MORNING CAUSE THAT WAS THE EASIEST TO SEE IT AS THE ISLAND WAS BACKLIT AND I JUST REMEMBER ALL OF US STANDING ON the FRONT OF THE CANOE AND WE WATCHED AS THE STARS STARTED TO DISAPPEAR AND WE WERE LIKE OK THAT' WHERE NORTH SHOULD BE. nihoa: 48:17-48:28 IT WAS HARD IT WAS A STRUGGLE BUT AFTERWARDS NAINOA TOLD US YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS HARD? JUST WAIT, YOU GONNA BE CHALLENGED 100 TIMES MORE TO TAHITI the apprentices will have great navigators on board to help: Nainoa Thompson... Bruce Blankenfeld.... Kalepa Baybayan...... But Thompson says for the most part-- he wants to see the apprentices challenged ... To grow into their roles as navigators. 13:52 -14;09nainoa I HOPE THEY GET LOST. I HOPE THE DOLDRUMS IS REALLY CLOUDY. I HOPE THAT THEY CAN GET TO THE PLACE THAT THEY DON'T KNOW AND THEN THEY'RE GOING TO FIND SOMEPLACE INSIDE OF THEM THEY'RE GOING TO KNOW WITHOUT KNOWING HOW YOU KNOW. 14:37-14:44 I DON'T WANT THE TRIP TO BE EASY. I WANT IT TO BE HARD. THEN THEY GROW. The canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia are set to leave Sand Island tomorrow evening...as they make their way to Hilo to begin the first international leg of their voyage around the world.