Mālama Honua: ʻOhana Hōkūleʻa, Episode 1
“You’re looking at a voyage that would take Hōkūleʻa from Hawaiʻi for three years. You’d be sailing for at least 45,000 nautical miles. It would be by far the most dangerous thing we would ever consider doing as a voyaging family. The risks are huge. But on the other side, the possibilities are enormous…We’re not going to change the world; we’re going to build a network of people around the Earth who are going to change it. And our job is to help them be successful.”
– Nainoa Thompson
Building on more than 30 years of learning and voyaging, Hōkūleʻa and her crew now prepare to circumnavigate the globe carrying a message of Mālama Honua – Caring for Our Island Earth. Join us as we look back to the inception of this renowned double-hulled voyaging canoe and the leaders that paved the way for this Worldwide Voyage. In this episode, we look into the physical, mental and spiritual training and preparation that both waʻa and crew endure to be ready for their most ambitious journey yet.
About the Series
Nearly 40 years ago, the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society dreamed of rebuilding a double-hulled canoe similar to those of our ancestors. What began as an effort to disprove critics who doubted Polynesians’ ability to sail purposefully and settle their vast nation unaided by navigational instruments has grown into a cultural reawakening, a new generation of leaders, and a living commitment to sustainability.
Hōkūleʻa originally sailed to rediscover and then to reconnect. Now she’s circling the globe carrying a message of Mālama Honua, or caring for Our Island Earth, as we struggle with the degradation of our land and oceans with the firm belief that our ancient wisdom will inspire contemporary solutions.
Join in this movement as we sail through the past, and venture into new waters of relationships and change!
Mālama Honua: ʻOhana Hōkūleʻa is a collaboration between the Polynesian Voyaging Society, ʻŌiwi TV, and Hawaii News Now.