Hikianalia Update | Mahalo Voyage Sponsors
As crewmembers celebrate the successful voyage of the North Pacific to California and back, more than 6,000 nautical miles of sailing aboard the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) would like to acknowledge the sponsors and supporters that have made the Alahula Kai O Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage possible.
Mahalo nui loa to major sponsors, Hawaiian Airlines, Kamehameha Schools, Olukai, Ama Olukai Foundation, and Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. The financial support and services provided from our sponsors have allowed us to voyage the California coast to share and engage with students, indigenous peoples and communities who, together as a state, are leading the nation in their fight to curb climate change.
“At the root of why we voyage is a simple but powerful value and that is to mālama honua, to care for Island Earth,” said PVS President Nainoa Thompson. “It is extraordinary that both California and Hawaiʻi are leading the nation in their efforts to combat the effects of pollution and carbon emissions. We mahalo our sponsors for recognizing the value of bridging ideas and cultures–they have empowered our voyagers to highlight and share the bold actions that Californians are taking to steward the places they love.”
We are also grateful to the countless individuals, partners and organizations that have donated in-kind support and volunteer hours towards the voyage and port engagements including the Hawaiʻi Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Patagonia, Grundens, as well as the organizers, volunteers and ohana from each of the California communities we visited.
Mahalo to Our Voyage Sponsors
Hawaiian Airlines provides logistical support including a means for incoming and outgoing crewmembers to travel to and from the canoe. Employees from the airline also volunteer regularly in support of PVS events.
Kamehameha Schools is the educational partner of the voyage providing outreach opportunities so that learners of all ages can engage and share culture and knowledge in more than a dozen ports during the three month sail down the coast of California. The organization has also supported cultural exchanges which typically involves students and educators who travel from Hawaiʻi.
Olukai is more than a shoe company. Through Ama Olukai Foundation they are honoring those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and aloha spirit of Hawai‘i. For the voyage, they are providing planning and logistical support, and they are sharing a robust media partnership that is elevating the visibility of the voyage.
Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) is a consistent supporter of PVS events and outreach opportunities. During this voyage, HTA is helping PVS to highlight and share the leadership role that Hawaiʻi is taking to support and celebrate culture and environmental stewardship.
Throughout this voyage, our interactions with Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, mainland-based Hawaiian communities and the good people of California have reminded us of the valuable opportunity PVS has been given to inspire and learn from each of you… an opportunity that would not exist without support from our anchor sponsors. Mahalo!
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