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.
“Smoke on the Water” is one of the first riffs aspiring guitar players learn, and Deep Purple was among this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
So we asked “Skunky Ron” if he’d play us his version of SOTW. For five bucks, most musicians will play whatever you want. Skunky Ron, a former nurse from Arizona who’s playing St. Thomas venues, should definitely be playing on St. John.
St. John Brewers has just released “Island Summer Ale” in cans. An acceptable adult beverage for the beach, a boat, or poolside.
St. John Brewers also just re-released “Liquid Sunshine,” a Belgian Ale that’s part of their small batch seasonal series, a follow up to this year’s “Pale Tourist” ale. It’ll be available for about six months.
As for the new Tap Room at Mongoose Junction, destroyed by fire earlier this year, the plans are to reopen in early 2016. The temporary Tap Room is a fine place in the meantime.
Don’t know the St. John Brewers story? Check our our video with Kevin and Cheech from a couple of years ago…