Malama Honua

Mālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, with a mission to explore and spread learning grounded in culture and sustainability. It is a journey of transformation and self-discovery that aims to inspire communities everywhere to rethink and engage. With this in mind, the Department is committed to this journey beginning with the question, “How do you Mālama Honua?”

​​​​​​​​​​Our global learning journey

The voyage of the Hōkū​le‘a 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.”

Through 2017, the vessels are sailing the world's oceans using only traditional means — guided by the stars, wind and currents. Hōkū​l​e‘a will sail more than 47,000 nautical miles, visiting 26 countries and 85 ports of call over three years. Hōkū​le‘a's journey will be pan-global, while Hikianalia will be pan-Pacific. View the sail plan​.

The educational journey 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 Hawai‘i 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.

Hikianalia voyage home

On June 16, 2015, Hikianalia returned to the Hawaiian Islands for another statewide sail. This sail reconnects Hawai‘i’s public school students and communities to reaffirm their commitment to caring for Island Earth. As Hikianalia journeys around the Islands, communities can participate in education in port. Keep up with Hikianalia’s whereabouts on PVS' dynamic map.

World Conservation Congress resource bank

Hawai‘i is welcoming the world in September 2016 for the World Conservation Congress (WCC), a global gathering held every four years organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The goal of this Resource Bank is to provide educators with a starting point for locating resources relevant to the themes of IUCN and WCC, particularly biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change.

Educational exchange

In March 2015, AUT University welcomed education leaders from Hawai‘i to a cultural exchange summit organized by Te Ara Poutama, AUT’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development, and Te Ipukarea, AUT’s National Māori Language Institute. View video, below.


Success St​​ories

  • Lunalilo Elementary​ adopted the Worldwide Voyage with project-based and cultural learning across all grades.
  • Nineteen educators participated ​in a New Zealand Study Tour​ that is fostering international understanding and catalyzing opportunities.
  • Kaimuki High hospitality track students worked with artist Estria to create a mural that lauds the bravery and positive outlook of the Worldwide Voyage.
  • Kailua Intermediate connected with Hōkū​le‘a ​during its visit to South Africa via Google Hangout​, discussing mankind's earliest origins with a paleoarchaeologist working at Pinnacle Point caves at Mossel Bay.
  • Mālama​ Honua​ has become a personal mission for teacher Shauna Hirota​ as she participated in professional development to create engaging interdisciplinary curriculum for her students around the voyage and its mission​​. 
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate teacher Matthew Kanemoto shares his experience​ aboard the wa‘a.​​ 

Share your story

​How do you, your class, your school help to care for Island Earth? How do you Mālama​ Honua?



  • 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.
  • Google+ Community
    ​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!
  • Department resources
    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.

Worldwide Voyage map​ Track the journey of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia in real time around the globe.​

Contact Information

Marlene Zeug

Phone: 808-586-3232


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