Voyage to Kure

Hokule'a and The Seacher

Hokule'a, The Hawaiian Voyaging Society's outrigger canoe, escorts the Ocean Futures Society expedition vessel Searcher out of Honolulu Harbor on July 6, 2003. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Voyage to Kure

Locations

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28° 15' 0.216" N, 178° 11' 60" E
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27° 28' 14.16" N, 175° 30' 10.8" W
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22° 28' 1.2" N, 166° 8' 34.8" W
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23° 28' 1.2" N, 166° 8' 34.8" W
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23° 20' 38.4" N, 164° 25' 19.2" W
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21° 10' 38.496" N, 157° 31' 58.296" W

In the 2004 Voyage to Kure expedition the Ocean Futures Society team traveled to a remote island chain, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to explore one of the last pristine coral reefs in the Pacific. Please click on the link to Explore!

"Voyage to Kure" Discovers a Paradox in Paradise

From Jean-Michel Cousteau's Expedition Log - Voyage to Kure
August 2003

In more than four decades of exploring the world ocean, I have learned with each expedition to expect the unexpected. Our "Voyage to Kure" once again confirmed that for everything familiar, we find the astonishing. This truly was a discovery of a paradox in paradise.

Pieces of NWHI Puzzle Falling into Place

Expedition Log #7

Reported for: 10 July 2003

Reported by: Holly S. Lohuis

Latitude: 23 degrees 46.7 minutes N.

Longitude: 166 degrees 14.3 minutes W.

Location: French Frigate Shoals, anchored halfway between La Perouse and East Island

Weather: Patchy clouds and sun

Diplomacy, Tiger Sharks and Hospitality

Day 1 French Frigate Shoals

Expedition Log #4

Reported for: 9 July 2003


Reported by: Holly S. Lohuis


Latitude: 23 degrees 46.7 minutes N.


Longitude: 166 degrees 14.3 minutes W.


Location: French Frigate Shoals, anchored just inside the lagoon, East of La Perouse Pinnacle and 1 mile west of East Island

Weather: Patchy clouds and sun


Mokumanamana

Expedition Log #2

Reported for: 7 July 2003

Reported by: Nan Marr

A rare opportunity was granted on our homeward bound voyage. We could now visit a special and sacred island of ancient Hawaiian ancestry, Mokumanamana.

Other explorers have logged descriptions of what makes this place so remarkable:

The Shakedown Dive

Expedition Log #3

Reported for: 8 July 2003


Reported by: Holly S. Lohuis


Latitude: 23 degrees 34.4 minutes N.
Longitude: 164 degrees 42.2 minutes W.


Location: Necker Island (Mokumanamana)


Weather: Partly cloudy

The Searcher Bound for Kure

The Searcher Bound for Kure

Expedition Log #1

Reported for: 6 July 2003

Dateline: Past the island of Kauai

The Ocean Futures Society film expedition is finally on its way to Kure, a 1,200 mile ocean voyage of discovery!

SEA (C) Team Dive

Expedition Log #6, Reported for: 11 July 2003

Reported by: Nan Marr

Location: French Frigate Shoals
Weather: Sunny with puffy clouds
This morning, at 0900 hours the C Team, renamed very quickly by its members to the "SEA" Team, made its second dive. The first dive was off the deck of the Searcher, with team members Jean-Michel, myself, Ronda (finally out of the galley and into the water!), Tove, who served as videographer, and Jim Maragos.

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