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Scholastic’s Geography Spin Magazine Features Hōkūleʻa

Screenshot 2016-03-02 13.41.22Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage were the feature topic of the February 2016 edition of Scholastic’s Geography Spin, a monthly geography-themed supplement to the classroom magazine Scholastic News. For the article, crewmember Jenna Ishii was interviewed by Scholastic about her experiences learning about Hōkūleʻa as a student and sailing on her now. The article explained how Polynesian navigators guide the canoe without the use of instruments and told of Hōkūleʻa’s current journey around the world to collect and connect stories of hope of ocean, earth and community stewardship. The article is tied to an activity on estimating distances using a map of the first 3 legs of the Worldwide Voyage and includes a supplemental video, geography game and vocabulary words.

As Hōkūleʻa nears her first touch of the continental US in the Worldwide Voyage, it is exciting to have the canoe and the voyage featured in such a broadly distributed publication – Scholastic’s multiple classroom publications are distributed to a total of over 28 million students! In addition to classroom distribution, the issue is available online along with associated lessons.

Happy Birthday, Hōkūleʻa!

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On March 8, the iconic deep-sea voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa celebrates her 41st birthday! Our master navigators use the stars, waves, wind, and birds to find their way, following in the wake of their ancestors. Hōkūleʻa has journeyed more than 150,000 miles over the past 41 years, and a new generation of navigators is sailing around the world to explore how people and communities are working to Mālama Honua – care for our Island Earth.  We need your support to keep us voyaging – please visit to help.

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