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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.

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At its completion in June 2017, the voyage of Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia will have covered a combined 60,000 nautical miles, over 150 ports, and 23 countries and territories worldwide.

You can also track our voyaging canoes in real-time and view location details.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.


Hokulea embarks on six-month 'Mahalo, Hawaii' voyage throughout the islands

KHON2 - 3 days ago
The first stop will be Honolua Bay, Maui, where Hokulea first departed on her maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976. There, the crew will help plant 1,000 koa seedlings as part of a series of community...

Hokule'a begins Mahalo, Hawai'i Sail today | News, Sports, Jobs ...

Maui News - 2 days ago
On Wednesday, Hokule'a departed Sand Island on Oahu and headed for West Maui. The canoe will stop at Olowalu this morning to celebrate the designation of ...and...

Hokulea, Hikianalia to embark on 'Mahalo, Hawaii' Sail

KHON2 - 3 weeks ago
On Aug. 16, voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia will depart the Marine Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island to begin the Mahalo, Hawaii Sail. The first stop will be at Honolua Bay,...

Billy V: Hokulea's song, 'Hawaii Five-0' season 8

Hawaii News Now - 3 weeks ago
Chad Takatsugi wrote the song for the arrival home of Hokule'a just prior to it's homecoming in Hawaii. He wrote the song while in Japan on tour, and recorded the video of the song to share...

Kamehameha Maui Students Greet Hōkūle'a at Honolua

Maui Now - 8 hours ago
Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui spent the day visiting the Hōkūleʻa at Honolua Bay on Friday. The stop at Honolua, marks a return to where Hōkūleʻa first departed on her maiden voyage to...

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Add some excitement to your FacebookInstagram, 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.