Our global learning journey
The voyage of the Hōkūle‘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. Hōkūle‘a will sail more than 47,000 nautical miles, visiting 26 countries and 85 ports of call over three years. Hōkūle‘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'
- 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.
- Hālau Holomoana
The nonprofit Kānēhunāmoku Voyaging Society offers a yearlong traditional and modern ocean navigation instructional program, seeking students in grades 11 & 12 to participate for SY 2016-17. Apply by Sept. 25.
WATCH VIDEO | APPLY ONLINE
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.
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 Hōkūle‘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 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.