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.
Hōkūleʻa Homecoming – Supporting Documents
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.
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.
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.
- PVS Logo: trademarked for approved use only.
- 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.
Hawaii News Now - 17 hours ago
You didn't have to be Native Hawaiian to feel a lot of pride as Hokulea pulled into Magic Island on June 17th. The three year circumnavigation of the world was both a daring adventure and a loud...
KHON2 - 6 days ago
Affectionately known as “Uncle Buffalo,” Keaulana was a world-class surfer and Makaha's first lifeguard. He was also a part of Hokulea's first crew in 1976, steering the Polynesian...
KITV Honolulu - 5 days ago
After a three year journey around the world, the Hokulea sailed in to perhaps its most special location. Kualoa, where the canoe was born back in 1975. More than 300 special guests including all...
KHON2 - 6 days ago
Her voyage around the world officially came to a close Thursday morning with a quiet, private ceremony at her birthplace, Kualoa. It's been 42 years since Hokulea first entered the sacred waters...
Hawaii News Now - 2 weeks ago
In a moving and powerful ceremony, tens of thousands crowded into Magic Island on Saturday to welcome Hokulea home from her unprecedented, three-year voyage around the globe and to show their support...
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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.