Malama Honua

Mālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a, with a mission to 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. The Department is committed to this journey beginning with the question, “How do you Mālama Honua?” Save the date for Hōkūle‘a's homecoming — June 17, Magic Island, Honolulu.

VIDEO: The Hawaii DOE asked students participating in the 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChange student video competition how they mālama honua (care for the Earth). Winner of the high school division, above, is McKinley High School. View winning videos for the other divisions: Webling Elementary and Maui Waena Intermediate.


MĀLAMA HONUA WORLDWIDE VOYAGE HOMECOMING FAIR, JUNE 18-20: In celebration of Hōkūleʻa’s Homecoming after voyaging around Island Earth, Polynesian Voyaging Society invites our local and global community members to gather for a three-day summit to discuss mālama honua stories of hope inspired by the Worldwide Voyage and develop sail plans for the future of Hawaiʻi and our planet. Learn more.

CANOE TO CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS: Join us in this Canoe to Classroom initiative of the Worldwide Voyage, and directly connect your students to Hōkūleʻa, Hikianalia, and the Mālama Honua movement! We are looking for educators who, together and independently, will help to create meaningful learning opportunities for themselves and their students by integrating lessons learned from the legacy of Polynesian voyaging and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Over the course of SY 2016-17, participating teachers will select from four different monthly workshopping dates to meet with PVS Education & Outreach team members in small groups to craft activities, lessons, units and implementation strategies that fit their needs. View flyer​, and contact the PVS Education Team with questions:​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Hōkū​le‘a voyage home

After sailing for three years and visiting over 150 ports in 27 nations to create a “lei of hope” around the globe, Hawaiʻi’s legendary canoe will be returning home. Please join us as Hōkūleʻa makes her historic arrival at Magic Island on Saturday, June 17. The arrival will be followed by a homecoming ceremony and celebration. Learn more.

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.

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. (See video, below.)
  • 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.​​
  • Entering its third year, Wa‘a Talks​ connect educators to learning aligned with the Worldwide Voyage. 
  • PBS Hawaii's HIKI NO student storytelling program produced this episode about Malama Honua and the voyage.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • World Conservation Congress resource bank​
    In Sept. 2016, Hawai‘i welcomed 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.​

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

Contact Information

Manuwai Peters

Phone: 808-305-9655


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