On 17 June, as the last rays of the sun illuminated the scene, a doubled-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe, the 61-foot Hokulea , passed through the reef outside Honolulu, Hawaii. Her escort vessel, the similar 72-foot Hikianalia , followed close behind. It was the beginning of what will be a 36-month, 47,000-mile circumnavigation of the world. A total of 86 ports in 26 countries will be visited. The first leg will end at Tahiti, 2,700 miles away.