- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - A traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe on an around-the-world sail has returned to U.S. waters, landing in Everglades City, Florida.

KITV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ZFxKjT ) that the Hokulea and its crew hit American soil on Saturday after two years abroad and were greeted by members from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Polynesian Voyaging Society President and navigator of the Hokulea Nainoa Thompson says indigenous people are important stewards of conservation.

The Hokulea, a double-hulled canoe, left Hawaii in May 2014 and its crew members are sailing without modern navigation equipment. Along their three-year journey they are stopping to teach people in other countries about traditional navigation, Native Hawaiian culture and caring for the ocean.

After touring the Everglades, the Hokulea will sail up U.S. East Coast.

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Information from: KITV-TV, http://www.kitv.com/index.html

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