Hōkūleʻa Update| July 26, 2015: Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea
Crewmember Kaiwi Hāmākua-Mākuʻe updates from Hōkūleʻa anchored off of Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Hōkūleʻa’s next stop will be Bali, Indonesia.
“Welina mai kākou e nā hoa makamaka mai ka puka ana ka lā i ka hikina a ka welo o ka lā i komohana. Mai ka hoʻokuʻi a ka hālāwai. Mai ka moana hohonu a hiki loa i ka ʻoiʻoi o nā Mauna-a-wakea. Aloha.
My name is Kaiwi Hāmākua-Mākuʻe and I am a crewmember on Hōkūleʻa. For the past three days we have been here at beautiful Ashmore Reef. Such a beautiful place with a lot of history. When we first towed here three days ago and it was interesting that we saw about a dozen sea snakes. When we arrived here, we learned about this place and learned that about two decades ago this place was heavily populated with sea snakes. We learned that about 13 different species lived here and that there was about 40,000 sea snakes counted here in this area. Australian officials even said that if you came here with your boat you could not even get off of your boat because there were so many sea snakes around your boat. When we arrived here for the past three days, we actually didn’t see any sea snakes, which we find really interesting. We saw a lot of different other animals and organisms, a vibrant reef, lots of fish, lots of turtles, even a few different rays but no sea snakes so it raises questions. There obviously has been a change over the past decade. We don’t know why but its just an interesting observation that we could bring more awareness to.”
Watch his report and see some pictures at Hokulea.com.
Blog post by Kaiwi Hāmākua-Mākuʻe, July 26, 2015
Khon2 reported about Hokulea’s stop at Ashmore Reef and aired a short broadcast:
Hokulea makes a stop at biodiverse Ashmore Reef
Hokulea has spent a couple days at Ashmore Reef, a territory of Australia that’s closest to Indonesia, which the voyaging canoe’s next destination. Crew members took the opportunity given by very light winds to explore the serene and pristine waters of the marine reserve.
Ashmore Reef is right in a current from the Pacific to the east to the Indian Ocean to the west making for a rich biodiversity. It is an area known for sea snakes too, which crewmembers did see alongside Hokulea on the way to Ashmore. Luckily the highly poisonous snakes weren’t a bother as they dove and cleaned the canoe’s hulls.
Hokulea is about halfway to her destination of Bali, due to arrive around August 1. The crew is preparing Saturday night to leave Ashmore Reef by Sunday night.
Watch the short television piece on Khon2.com, July 25, 2015