Voyaging and maps in the Pacific

8 February 2007

Here’s a new tracking map for Ku Holo La Komohana, via Google Maps. Still not a lot of detail, but that has a lot to do with the emptiness of the ocean in that neighborhood. There is, however much more color, and as they head South, there will be more to see.

On Tuesday 6 February, the canoes passed Johnston Atoll–an island so small and isolated that it nearly defies description. As a natural counterpart to its status as a National Wildlife Refuge (dedicated in 1926), since 1962 Johnston has also been a high-altitude nuclear weapon test site and a storage depot for many of the US’s nastiest chemical WMDs. Come on, they’re good for the coral.

At any rate, there are also many more pictures on the Polynesian Voyaging Society blog. Many mahalos to the crew for putting the time in on that stuff, when they have so many other demands on their time.

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