Hōkūleʻa is in Auckland’s harbor today. At least one of the guys currently on board is installing a satellite link so that she can broadcast live her next voyage. He said that she’ll next sail to Sydney, then north around Australia, around Cape Horn, and to England.
Hōkūleʻa was launched from Oʻahu on March 8, 1975, and has been voyaging for over 40 years. She is the iconic vessel of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. I’ve just begun to learn about the PVS, but I highly recommend reading further about their voyages and their mission.
In the image below you can see the lei hung over the maka ihu (points at the bow end of a canoe).
Haunui is a waka, a Maori voyaging canoe. Read more about her here.
In two of the photos above you can see Hikianalia docked in the background. She has been Hōkūleʻa’s escort boat, but will apparently be replaced for the next voyage. If I understand correctly, crossing the Indian Ocean from Australia to Cape Horn will be one of Hōkūleʻa’s more dangerous voyages. Read more here.
Unfortunately the photo below is the best I got of Hikianalia.