The Polynesian voyaging canoe that is in the middle of its round-the-world journey has left South Africa for Brazil.

Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/1RKkrxr ) that the crew of the Hokulea set sail Thursday from Cape Town. The crew plans to stop at the island of St. Helena, located in a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean about midway between Africa and South America.

This will be the first time the Hokulea will cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The double-hulled canoe left Hawaii last year, 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.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/