Press Room & Outreach Tools
News outlets, teachers and individuals around the world are elevating achievements Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Below are all the components needed to help you create a story of your own to celebrate Hōkūleʻa and her crew.
Our Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. Take a moment to view the video above to quickly familiarize yourself with this historic voyage. Download a copy of this video here.
We are voyaging 60,000 nautical miles to more than 100 ports and 27 nations.
You can also track our voyaging canoes in real-time and view location details.
Our Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia are built in the tradition of ancient Hawaiian wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe). Launched March 8, 1975, Hōkūle‘a (“Star of Gladness”) helped spark a revival of Hawaiian culture and wayfinding and is the iconic symbol of the Worldwide Voyage. Her newer sister vessel Hikianalia, was launched September 15, 2012 and combines the latest ecological technology with the heritage of the voyaging tradition. While the vessels feature separate sail plans during the Worldwide Voyage, they began and will conclude the voyage side-by-side.
Beyond guiding the voyage and crew, the master navigators of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) are also gifted speakers and educators. Learn more about some of these individuals below.
- Nainoa Thompson: President of PVS, Nainoa is inspired by his kūpuna, his teachers, he has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of “voyaging.” Download his bio here.
- Bruce Blankenfeld: With extensive training and more than 100,000 miles of voyaging, Bruce is a master navigator and captain on the Worldwide Voyage. Download his bio here.
- Kalepa Baybayan: Fluent in Hawaiian language, Kalepa holds a masters degree in Education and is a master navigator and active in the Polynesian voyaging renaissance since 1975. Download his bio here.
- Learn more about PVS leadership and Worldwide Voyage crewmembers.
- Availability of our staff and crew is highly limited however interview requests will be considered by submitting the Interview Request Form
Education partners and members of the media can access photos and video linked below. These copyrighted items are meant for informational purposes and not allowed for commercial use.
- Photos: Hōkūle‘a, Hikianalia, Nainoa Thompson, Technology and Science, Traditional Navigation, Worldwide Voyage Outreach
- Video: 3 min Worldwide Voyage intro, unedited B-roll.
- Click here to make a specific media request.
Please note that by accessing this content, you are agreeing to use it for non-commercial purposes only. Specific media requests should be submitted using the form here.
PVS is proud to partner with National Geographic, Star Advertiser, Huffington Post and KHON as they support the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
Want to explore past releases that have made headlines around the world? Start now by choosing a year from the list below:
View the latest news circulating the internet about crewmembers voyaging aboard Hōkūleʻa on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
National Geographic - 6 days ago
After 11 full days on the ocean, Hawaii's iconic sailing vessel Hokulea and her crew arrived yesterday on Pitcairn Island for the first time in nearly 20 years. During their one-day visit with...
KHON2 - 2 weeks ago
Hikianalia departed Hawaii from Sand Island Tuesday morning to meet up with her sister canoe Hokulea in Tahiti. The sounds of a conch shell signaled a farewell to the crew and the beginning of the...
KHON2 - 3 weeks ago
Hokulea's crew is being captained and navigated by the younger generation, with Pwo navigator Bruce Blankenfeld on board as mentor. This crew includes three apprentice navigators will guide the...
KHON2 - 3 weeks ago
With Easter Island's famous moai a backdrop, the people of Rapa Nui officially welcomed Hawaii's voyaging canoe Hokulea and her crew this weekend. They were greeted with a traditional landing...
Hawaii News Now - 1 week ago
Hikianalia is on her way to Tahiti to reunite with her sister wa'a – the beloved traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokule'a – so that they can begin the final leg of the Worldwide...
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Add some excitement to your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds by connecting with Worldwide Voyage social media channels. And when you share the voyage with your community by reposting your favorite content, you are helping to sew a lei of like-minded people who will help save our oceans and Island Earth.
You can also share your own story of hope by tagging #MalamaHonua with posts that reflect stewardship of our ocean, environment and communities.
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To contact PVS Communications Director Sonja Swenson, click here.