The voyaging canoe Hokule‘a will visit Cuba on its round-the-world journey and expects to arrive March 17, just a few days before President Barack Obama makes his own historic visit to the island nation.
Polynesian Voyaging Society President Nainoa Thompson said Tuesday that the timing is coincidental, but he thinks the Hokule‘a crew’s stay will overlap with the president’s visit, which is set for March 21 and 22.
“We weren’t planning this together,” Thompson said. “It was actually coincidence. A lot of it depends on the weather. I think we’re going to overlap.”
The Hokule‘a sail plan calls for the canoe to land in Havana on March 17 and stay for about about four days. But arrival dates and departure dates are flexible, depending on the wind.