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Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2005 6:15 AM HST

Hokulea to visit Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

By Associated Press

HANALEI, Hawaii (AP) _ The Polynesian sailing canoe ``Hokulea'' is set to continue its 30th anniversary sail around the state.

It's slated to set out tomorrow from Kauai on a ten-day voyage through the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

The 62-foot-long double-hulled voyaging canoe will first visit the so-called ``kupuna islands'' of Nihoa and Mokumanamana, or Necker Island.

Organizers say hula master Pua Kanahele and other Hawaiian cultural practitioners will be aboard to re-establish a spiritual connection to the two islands.

Mokumanamana is just 46 acres in size, but it features 55 ancient cultural sites and stone structures. They include 33 which are believed to be heiau, or religious temples.

Experts believe Nihoa may have been home to as many as 175 people between 1000 and 1700. The 171-acre island was no longer occupied when the first Europeans reached it in 1789.

(Copyright 2005 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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