“The best place to think about the fate of our planet is right here in the Islands.
If we can create a model for well-being here in Hawai‘i, we can make a contribution to the entire world.”
— Master navigator Nainoa Thompson, relating the vision of
Hawai‘i-born astronaut Lacy Veach during one of his missions,
as the space shuttle soared over the Hawaiian Islands.
The voyage of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia is an invitation to students, educators, our Island community and the world to explore values that will “Mālama Honua” — care for the planet. If we can live sustainably and in harmony on a canoe, and on an island, we can and will extend those practices for “Island Earth.”
Launching in May 2014, the vessels will span the globe using only traditional means — guided by the stars, wind and currents. They will sail more than 47,000 nautical miles, visiting 26 countries and 85 ports of call over three years.
It began with Mālama Hawai‘i, a tour of the Hawaiian Islands that included visits with more than 20,000 schoolchildren and their teachers to connect the community to the values and mission of the voyage. That culminated on Nov. 4, 2013 with the “Promise to Children” — a partnership of Hawaii education representatives and the Polynesian Voyaging Society to support and collaborate on community-based education aligned with the voyage.
Preparing our youth for college, careers, and their communities is not independent of the world they reside in and will someday lead. Steered by the Promise, the voyage presents a unique opportunity to inspire and engage our students, families, communities — and each other.
- Mālama Honua Learning Center
The Polynesian Voyaging Society and its educational partners launched the
Learning Center website to support learners of all ages to build creative solutions for Hawaii and the world. It’s an interactive portal allowing students and educators to ask questions of the crew, download curricular resources and share their own curriculum and stories.
Mālama Honua will include at least one Google Hangout monthly and post multimedia, lessons and more on its
Google+ Community. We encourage anyone in the community to join — and share with your friends and family!
The Department is supporting the Promise by creating resources for schools and teachers who want to engage students in
Mālama Honua-related learning. Department employees are encouraged to log in to the Intranet to connect with our
Mālama Honua site and project team members.
Landing in Tahiti
Our Worldwide Voyage program coordinator Marlene Zeug was in Tahiti to greet the vessels when they landed in June 2014, and meet with teachers and students there who are developing Mālama Honua curriculum and projects.