Hōkūleʻa Home Activity Kit

During these challenging times, all of us here at Polynesian Voyaging Society are wishing safety and health for you and your family. In the spirit of aloha and mālama honua, we invite you to start your own voyage with the new Hōkūleʻa Home Activity Set.

Set sail right away with our updated activity sheet for kids that you can download and print for free by signing up for our newsletter. And if you havenʻt already, check out the free My Voyage app for the iPhone and iPad now!

Hōkūleʻa Home Activity Kit

For learners of all ages, we’re also introducing the Hōkūleʻa Home Activity Kit! Brighten someone’s day and have this activity set sent to them today! The 12 piece kit includes:

  • TWO 4” Hōkūleʻa Stickers (in our new designs!)
  • FOUR Hōkūle’a Pencils
  • FOUR 8” bookmarks featuring an introduction to Nainoa Thompson’s Hawaiian Star Compass and the Hawaiian moon calendar
  • Plus TWO *free* Promise to Pae ‘Āina Youth Activity Guides – with Hawaiian and English options!

PVS – Coronavirus Response Message

Aloha PVS Supporters,
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Polynesian Voyaging Society is taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff, crew, volunteers and visitors. Based on the health protocols recommended by the State of Hawaii, HCC, UH, and the PVS medical team, PVS will be making the following changes effective immediately until further notice:

  • PVS office and METC will be closed to visitors. The staff will primarily be working remotely with limited time in the office. Staff will continue to respond to emails, calls and merchandise orders, however, there may be a delay in response due to the modified operations of the office.
  • All drydock and volunteer activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • All crew training will be cancelled until further notice.

Despite these temporary changes, the PVS team is continuing to work and prepare for future engagements with the community. We are grateful for your continued support and appreciate your understanding during this challenging time.

Mahalo nui loa,
The PVS Ohana

Hauʻoli Lā Hānau iā Hōkūleʻa!

Celebrating Four and a Half Decades of Voyaging

On this day, all of us here at Polynesian Voyaging Society give thanks for the growing legacy Hōkūle’a has helped inspire amongst Hawaiians, Polynesians, indigenous cultures and all of us here and around the world striving to care for the places we love. Hōkūleʻa is indeed the culmination of the hopes, dreams, and hard work of all of you… The ʻohana that is the life force behind this cultural icon. Thank you for being a part of this journey!

“We sail on the belief that at the commonness of all of us is a people who care about their children, care about their home and they care about a world that they deliver to their next generation. That’s our fundamental belief and so we sail for it.” – Nainoa Thompson.

It was March 8, 1975, and the first time in over 400 years that a traditional Hawaiian wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe) was birthed from Hawaiʻi shores. From the sacred beaches of Kāne‘ohe Bay on Oʻahu, Hōkūle‘a, meaning “Star of Gladness,” first launched her historical journey that would initially build momentum for a powerful Hawaiian cultural renaissance and continue to this day 45 years later, as a global movement to mālama honua, to care for our Island Earth.

Hōkūleʻa has voyaged traditionally since 1975, sailing over 150,000 nautical miles throughout the Pacific.  Along with the resurgence of traditional voyaging and navigation came a renewal of Hawaiian language, dance, chant, and other expressions of Hawaiian culture. Between 1975-2000, Hōkūle‘a sailed on six major voyages from Hawai‘i, at the apex of the Polynesian triangle, to Aotearoa (New Zealand) at the southwestern corner, and finally to Rapa Nui, at the southeastern corner. Her travels inspired a revival of canoe building and voyaging throughout the Pacific Ocean.

The Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with a Mālama Hawaiʻi sail throughout our own archipelago, and continued on to circumnavigate the globe through 20142015, 2016 and 2017. June of 2017 marked her historic homecoming to Hawaiʻi capping the global portion of the voyage.

After returning to Hawaii in the fall of 2017, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia continued to sail around the Hawaiian Islands, a voyage known as the Māhalo, Hawaiʻi Sail, to reconnect with local communities and schools and to share stories and lessons learned on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

“If you have a dream, believe in it. Recognize that it’s worth it to take the path, but keep understanding that dream, that destination, is not about reaching the destination, it’s about the journey.” – Nainoa Thompson

As we look ahead, we wish for Hōkūle’a to continue her voyage of inspiration and hope for generations to come! Mahalo for your aloha and continued support!

Happy Valentines from PVS

To you and yours, from all of us here at Polynesian Voyaging Society, we wish a Valentines that is full of aloha. And we want to help you celebrate: treat a loved one or yourself to a 14% site-wide discount from the Hōkūleʻa Store. From now until midnight Feb. 14, use the code PVSLOVE14 at checkout or click the following link to apply the discount and start shopping right away!

The Hōkūleʻa License Plate

We need your help make the Hōkūleʻa EV license plate a reality!

Aloha Polynesian Voyaging Society ʻOhana, we are calling on you and all of our supporters to help us pass a bill allowing electric vehicle owners to choose a Hōkūleʻa commemorative license plate. This Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, the State Senate Committee on Transportation will be hearing SB 2103 – RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES. While reflecting our core value to mālama honua, to care for our Island Earth, the sale of these special license plates would also serve as a fundraising mechanism for Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS). It is very similar to the Volcanoes National Park plates that you see on cars around Hawaiʻi. With close to 10,000 electric vehicles in Hawai’i, this can be an important revenue stream for PVS. Please consider submitting testimony.

Here’s how you can help

You can review the Hōkūleʻa license plate bill here

To submit your support of the bill follow these steps:
1. Visit this page at the Hawaiʻi State Legislature website.
2. You’ll need an account to submit testimony so follow the instructions on the page if you don’t already have one.
3. After logging in, click on ‘Submit Testimony’
4. Enter SB2103 with no spaces and click continue
5. Check to support the bill and enter your comments

We have included a couple of key messages below, but please include any personal thoughts you have about your affiliation with PVS and how important it is to support the organization.

Key messages:

PVS operates entirely on donated funds and grants. This measure would provide a source of dedicated income which would be very helpful to the organization.

The license plate would commemorate the proud history of Polynesian Voyaging in Hawai’i. Allowing it to serve as a fundraiser would perpetuate the mission of PVS.

Mahalo for your support!

About The Design
The proposed license plate depicts Hōkūleʻa voyaging out to sea from a place that is very special to her. The Hakipuʻu area, also known as Kualoa in Kāneʻohe Bay, Oʻahu, is an area sacred to deep sea Polynesian voyagers of the past and present.

Hōkūleʻa was first launched from these waters on March 8, 1975, when she helped spark a generation of renewal for Hawaiʻi’s people. Along with the revitalization of Polynesian voyaging and navigation traditions, Hōkūleʻa introduced a newfound respect and appreciation for Hawaiian culture and language in the state of Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Special Film Screening – We, The Voyagers: Lata’s Children

We have some exciting news: a special screening of We, The Voyagers from anthropologist, filmmaker and PVS crewmember Dr. “Mimi” George. Here’s more from our partners at Kamehameha Schools who are presenting Tuesday’s showing:

We, The Voyagers: Lata’s Children
Matou Nga MokuPuna o Lata

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:00 – 8:45 pm
Ka‘iwakīloumoku, Ululani Hale Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus

Ka‘iwakīloumoku is proud to showcase this new, dynamic two-part documentary featuring never before seen footage of traditional, communal canoe construction, and Pacific voyaging and navigation as practiced today on the remote island of Taumako, a Polynesian outlier in the Solomon Islands.

Anthropologist, sailor, and filmmaker, Dr. Marianne “Mimi” George will present this rare video-graphic time capsule of a Polynesian society that is thriving in isolation, virtually unchanged for well over a thousand years. With Hawai‘i’s hosting of some 28 Oceanic nations for the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in June, and in anticipation of the 2021 Moananuiākea Voyage that will strive to inspire climate change solutions through indigenous knowledge and cutural wisdom, we invite students, educators, families and communities to come enjoy this enriching evening of learning. See trailer at: vaka.org

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Snowbird Bento, Cultural Consultant, at 808-842-8011 or snbento@ksbe.edu

LĀHUI RISING is designed to create a respectful, safe, and enriching learning space for students, staff, alumni, families, and the community to hear and honor different voices and perspectives on matters of Hawaiian interest for purposes of education.

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Math That Includes Nature & Culture: A New Round of Courses for Educators

We’ve got great news from PVS crewmember Linda Furuto whose exciting work in ethnomath we’ve featured before: There’s a new round of math education programs available from the University of Hawaiʻi for 2020/2021. For those of you interested, they’re holding two rounds of virtual info sessions so you can find out more about their Ethnomathematics Graduate program.

For more than a decade, UH has been developing dynamic mathematics educators through ethnomathematics training, which provides hands-on experiences such as sailing aboard PVS’s double-hulled canoes Hikianalia and Hōkūleʻa.

Here’s more information from UH:


Tuesday, January 14, 3:15-4:15 p.m. HST
Thursday, January 16, 5-6 p.m. HST
Link: https://coehawaii.zoom.us/j/8089563359

Come learn about the programs at two virtual info sessions.

  • Tuesday, January 14, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Hawai’i time (5:15 p.m. PST and 8:15 p.m. EST)
  • Thursday, January 16, 5-6 p.m. Hawai’i time (7 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST)

To join the information session, please click on this link a few minutes before the start time:

Please also see the information sheet attached, and a UH News Story link for additional details.

If neither time slot works for you, please email coemath@hawaii.edu to find another time to meet or if you have any questions.

Learn more and apply:
General admission deadline: February 1, 2020

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Aloha for Kealoha

The passing of our beloved and celebrated fellow crewmember Kealoha Hoe has been hard for all of us in the voyaging community. We remember with great fondness the life Kealoha shared with us all and the legacy he leaves behind.

Kealoha’s family has recently announced services for Kealoha… please feel free to visit the website they setup to learn more.


​While we are very sad about Dad passing, we are comforted by the many stories that have been shared and know that he lived life to the fullest! We invite each of you to come and join us as we celebrate his life.

Me Ke Aloha,
Bryson, Brent, Hōkūleʻa, Waiʻololī and Keoe

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Marine Education Training Center
10 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu Hawaiʻi 96819

​9:30a– Visitation and Meaʻai

​12:00p – Service

​1:00p– Visitation and Meaʻai

​ʻAwa to be served

Bring your Hae Hawaiʻi, pū, water bottle, apu

Family requests an alcohol-free celebration.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in all public and common areas at Honolulu Community College – METC

Due to limited parking availability, we strongly recommend carpooling or Lyft/Uber.
Parking – Information Forthcoming

Volunteer Your Time & Talent: Check back for opportunities to help out that week with food preparation, logistics, technology and other areas. For day of service, we would appreciate help with set-up, parking, serving, clean-up, etc.

​Donate Goods & Services Towards the Celebration of Life: Information forthcoming

​Share a memory: Submit a photo of Kealoha with a caption to aloha4kealoha@gmail.com. Gather your photos, videos and memories of Kealoha and share them with the family.

​Monetary Donations: On-line donations may be processed through Venmo @brysonhoe, or via PayPal at http://paypal.me/brysonhoe. Checks made payable to: Bryson Hoe and sent to the address below.

​Where to Send a Card/Gift/Package:

ʻOhana of Dean Kealoha Hoe
c/o ʻŌiwi TV – Nohea Len Wai
1839 Keʻeaumoku Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822

Questions or Media Contact:

Please visit the family website for up-to-date information: https://www.aloha4kealoha.com/