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Days 15-17 Pacific Crossing – Land Ho! Kalaupapa then Waikiki

Landfall, Molokai

May 29, 2024 – 7:20pm HST

KYOKO: Did you make it to Kalaupapa???

Yes we did. No [cell] service here. The National Park Serice guy told us we could stay because we need a “safe harbor” since our generator is acting up 😉

KYOKO: I’m glad you made it. Did you finagle going ashore too?

KYOKO NOTE: A permit is required to visit Kalapuapa, and currently the permits are not being issued. Kalaupapa is located at the base of some of the highest sea cliffs in the world, rising 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level. In the 1870s a community to support the Hansen’s disease colony was established here. The legislature required people with severe cases to be quarantined on the island in the hope of preventing contagion. The area has been preserved as the Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

No finagle yet but working on that. So tired and ready for bed. Hey it’s nearly 9!!

KYOKO: Who spotted land first?

Tracy claimed it first but we all saw it an hour later. West Maui Mountains in a hazy sky.

KYOKO: Nice. I think Tracy is always the first to spot the land ho. 👩🏻

We are all land hos

KYOKO: Land gigolos. Good night 💤😴😘

Land, ho!
(Naut.) a sailor’s cry in announcing sight of land.

Kalaupapa anchorage

May 30, 2024 – 7:56am HST

Good morning! Quinn and I got mobbed by dolphins this morning! Spinners jumped right at transom. We swam with them in clear water. Amazing.

KYOKO: So cool! I let all the friends and family know you guys made it safely to Kalaupapa.

“I can’t wait to take a shower and not get cum all over my face” – Rowan this morning

KYOKO: 😆 Assuming he’s referring to the mung in the water tank and not that he’s splooging all over his face 🤣

The boys think your response is priceless 🤣🤣 “Being forced to be gay and now this? Weirdest boat ever” they say.

May 31, 2024 – 7:32am HST

KYOKO: Have you departed [Kalaupapa] yet? How long do you estimate the sail to be and how many miles is it?

I’m saying 4 pm. Tracy’s friends want to paddle out 🥰.

KYOKO NOTE: It’s approximately 50 miles from Kalaupapa to Diamond Head and they estimated taking 7 hours to get to Waikiki.

Departing Molokai

KYOKO NOTE: A couple of Tracy’s friends paddled out on their one-man canoes to meet Kaimana at the Diamond Head buoy (off southeast Oahu), and a few others took a motor boat out to meet them.

Kaimana sailing towards Waikiki – photo by Donna Lee
Mobbed by dolphins off Diamond Head – photo by Donna Lee

KYOKO NOTE: Kaimana arrived at Ala Wai Harbor a little after 3pm, and a bunch of us were there to welcome them with flower leis and champagne. The crew looked quite scruffy (beards) but happy and healthy!

The happy crew
Madeline and Rowan
Tor, Kyoko and Michael
Missy and Tracy
The arrival party
Sashimi with the fish they caught

Message from Tor: Thank you guys for the escort in with power boat, canoes, and dolphins, and for the awesome arrival party. Thanks to Kyoko for making this amaze-balls blog and sending the updates to everyone. And last but not least, thanks to you all for following our antics.

Message from Kyoko: Tor took a million photos during the crossing, and the crew had lots of fun stories to share. So stay tuned for a few more updates in the coming weeks!