Hokulea and Hikianalia launch worldwide voyage

The Department has teamed with the Polynesian Voyaging Society to help promote education about sustainable living for our Islands and the Earth as the voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia tour the Pacific.

The voyage

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a and sister vessel Hikianalia will travel together for the first time on the next leg of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s (PVS’s) Worldwide Voyage. Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and navigators Nainoa Thompson and Bruce Blankenfeld were at the kickoff event to help launch the "educational crew."

The four-year sail plan includes:

  • Voyage: Sail more than 49,000 nautical miles, visiting more than 26 countries and 85 ports of call.
  • Education: Online sharing of science studies being implemented throughout the voyage.
  • Communications: Storytelling and the technology being used to share the stories.

Educational outreach

More than 20,000 school children and community members were afforded the opportunity to visit the Hōkūle‘a as it toured the Islands in advance of the Worldwide Voyage (see video, above). At the end of its five-month swing of the Islands, educational leaders pledged their shared support for and participation with the Worldwide Voyage, which will kick off in late May 2014.

"This voyage not only offers lessons about world exploration and Hawaiian navigation but also the cultivation of aloha and valued Hawaiian traditions," said Supt. Matayoshi. "We are excited to be a partner in this educational endeavor and will build upon the knowledge over the course of the next four years. We are grateful to the Polynesian Voyaging Society for including our public school students and teachers in this mission."

Curriculum activities in STEM, Social Sciences, and the Humanities and Arts can be found on the Polynesian Voyaging Society's website.

Contact Information

Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie

Phone: 808-842-1101

Email: pvshawaii@hawaiiantel.net

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