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.

Voyage Map Fall 2016

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.

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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.


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.

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 heads home in final leg of worldwide voyage

Hawaii News Now - 5 days ago
The crew of the Hokulea and Hikianalia are sailing across the Pacific en route to Hawaii Thursday. After a farewell ceremony at Tautira French Polynesia on Wednesday, the voyaging canoes embarked on...

Hokulea's special trip to Taputapuatea

KITV Honolulu - 5 days ago
KITV's Paula Akana recently sailed with the legends of Hokulea in Tahiti and brought back their stories. Hokulea went to about almost 200 ports around the world. Short voyage, short trip - but a...

Tahiti-bound Hokulea crew members prepare for final leg of canoe's voyage

Hawaii News Now - 2 weeks ago
There was an abundance of hugs and lei for some Hokulea crew members Saturday afternoon as the final group of voyagers left Oahu for Tahiti. The group departed from the Daniel K. Inouye International...

Oahu resident to guide vessel to meet Hokulea, Hikianalia in Tahiti for worldwide voyage homestretch

KHON2 - 3 weeks ago
In June, the historic malama honua voyage will end when Hokulea returns to Oahu after years at sea. The journey has attracted attention and recognition from different organizations and media,...

Hawaii street artist paints massive mural to welcome home Hokulea

GrindTV - 2 weeks ago
The famed boat embarked again from Hawaii in 2014 and has been sailing the globe on a mission of education and a movement toward a more sustainable world. The Hokulea returns to Honolulu in June, and...

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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.