The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s traditional, double-hulled voyaging canoe Hokule’a is making a worldwide voyage that started in Honolulu in 2014, and its next stop is St. John.
Hokule’a, and its companion monohull motor sailor Gershon II, are currently in Natal, Brazil and depart on their voyage to St. John on or about February 10, weather permitting. At 5 knots per hour, Hokule’a expects to make it to St. John by March 1.
They have no GPS, no compass, no cellphone, not even a watch or a toilet. It’s called “wayfinding,” using the sun, moon and stars as their map.
On board is Heidi Kai Guth, born in Hawaii, but raised on St. John, who is now the chief operating officer of the nonprofit Polynesian Voyaging Society.
The Boston Globe has written about Moose, the pit-bull mix who spent 5 years at the St. John Animal Care Center who finally found a home in Boston after an ACC social medial campaign to find him a home went viral.
Moose got a private jet to Boston and a limo ride to his new home.
There will be a lot of St. John visitors spending an extra day or two on St. John this weekend (and a lot of visitors coming that won’t get there for awhile.)
Airlines serving St. Thomas to places like Charlotte, Washington, New York and Philadelphia for Friday and Saturday have pretty much canceled all flights because of the monster storm that’s about to hit the Northeast.
This is kind of a crisis for villa management companies and, obviously, for a whole lot of visitors.
You can re-book without penalty. but that doesn’t make up for the major inconvenience.
If you haven’t already heard from your rental villa’s management company (and you almost certainly have) please communicate with them ASAP.
If you’re there, you’re going to get an extra day or two so you might as well enjoy it. If you’re supposed to be on your way… I am so sorry!
Carnival is in early July, but after that things quiet down, the ocean August through October is incredibly warm, you can actually get a parking spot at Trunk Bay, and – I’ll just say it – low season travelers are, generally speaking, a whole lot more laid back.