Maryknoll alumnae Mikiʻala Akiona '08 has been named a crewmember on the Hikianalia, a sister canoe of the Hōkūleʻa, a voyaging canoe built in the tradition of ancient Hawaiians. She is currently on the 2017 Hawaiʻi Homecoming journey and is due to land on Magic Island on Oahu on June 17, 2017. The landing marks the end of the Hōkūleʻa 's three-year journey around the world.
Mikiʻala previously completed Leg 19: Florida to Virginia on the Hikianalia, a trip that went up the Intercoastal Waterway from Florida to Virginia.
The Hikianalia and Hōkūleʻa are part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a non-profit organization that promotes the art and science of Polynesian voyaging techniques through exploration and educational programs.
Mikiʻala is currently contributing to the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Crew Blog, documenting her experience on the Hikianalia. You can access her blog posts on the Polynesian Voyaging Society website.
Congratulations Mikiʻala on your exciting journey! We're so proud of you for leading with Noblesse Oblige!