The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage Continues into 2018

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The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail

The Worldwide Voyage continues as Hōkūleʻa, Hikianalia and the crew of Polynesian Voyaging Society visit community ports around Hawai’i to celebrate Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming.

The historic circumnavigation of Hōkūleʻa and crewmembers from the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) continue to be celebrated throughout Hawaiʻi. The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi sail brings Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia back home to all of Hawaiʻi, in recognition and celebration of the contributions families, employers, and communities made to help take Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia across the world’s ocean.

“As we sailed Hōkūleʻa far from home, our home communities continued the efforts that fueled and inspired the Worldwide Voyage,” said Nainoa Thompson, PVS President and Pwo navigator. “Not only did they give us the best of their communities to sail on the deck of our canoes, they also continued the work to bring Hawaiʻi to the global forefront of educational transformation, environmental stewardship and cultural revitalization. We need to share, celebrate, elevate and mahalo their successes – this is what the Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail is about.”

Hōkūleʻa Making Two-Month Hawaiʻi Island Visit

For the first time since bidding the famed Polynesian voyaging canoe farewell before departing Hilo in May 2014 for the three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hawaiʻi Island residents will have the opportunity to see and engage with Hōkūleʻa and her crew. During the March through May visit, isle residents can expect crew presentations and talk story sessions, open house canoe tours, volunteer stewardship opportunities and other family-friendly events, all free to the public.

Hōkūleʻa departed Sand Island, Oʻahu Sat, Mar 24, 2018 headed to Hawaiʻi Island to continue the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail. The canoe was originally scheduled to begin her journey to Hawaiʻi Island earlier in the week and was scheduled to arrive in Miloliʻi Sun, Mar 25, however, the departure and arrival were postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. Hōkūleʻa will now sail directly to Kailua-Kona Pier and is expected to arrive by early morning Mon, Mar 26.

Hōkūleʻa will remain in the waters of Hawaiʻi Island for two months during which the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) will be engaging thousands of public and private school students with canoe visits and hands-on educational activities custom tailored to every age that highlight wayfinding and voyaging through the lenses of math, science, conservation and culture.

The voyaging canoe will be in Kailua-Kona until April 1, when she departs for Hilo where she will be docked until April 28. From April 28 to May 10, Hōkūleʻa will be moored at Kawaihae Harbor.

Hōkūleʻa crew will be hosting free dockside canoe tours and education expo on the following dates. Stay tuned for a detailed list of additional events that will take place during the two-month Hawaiʻi Island engagement:

  • Kailua-Kona Pier — Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wailoa Harbor — Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kawaihae Harbor — Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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About the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail

The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail will give PVS an opportunity to thank Hawaiʻi’s people, bring Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia home to all of Hawaiʻi, share lessons learned from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and deepen the organization’s connection and understanding of the important work being done here in the islands to care for the earth. During the port visits, PVS will engage with schools and organizations through outreach events, service projects, crew presentations and canoe tours.

Please stayed tuned for more details on the Hawaiian Islands Sail. In the meantime, enjoy this video highlighting Hōkūleʻa’s successful circumnavigation of Island Earth.

The Hawaiian name for this voyage, Mālama Honua, means “to care for our Earth.” Living on an island chain teaches us that our natural world is a gift with limits and that we must carefully steward this gift if we are to survive together. As we work to protect cultural and environmental resources for our children’s future, our Pacific voyaging traditions teach us to venture beyond the horizon to connect and learn with others. The Worldwide Voyage is a means by which we now engage all of Island Earth—bridging traditional and new technologies to live sustainably, while sharing, learning, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of this precious place we all call home.  You can learn more about our Worldwide Voyage in the three-minute overview video at the bottom of this page.

The Malama Honua sail plan included more than 150 ports, 23 countries and territories, and eight of UNESCO’S Marine World Heritage sites, engaging local communities and practicing how to live sustainably. During the voyage, over 245 participating crew members, including more than 200 formal and informal educators, have helped to sail the vessel and connect with more than 100,000 people throughout the world in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea, including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba, the East Coast of the United States, Canada, Panama, and the Galapagos Islands.

Hōkūleʻa has voyaged traditionally since 1976, sailing over 150,000 nautical miles throughout the Pacific.  Our current Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with a Mālama Hawaiʻi sail throughout our own archipelago, and continued on to circumnavigate the globe through 20142015 and 2016. June of 2017 marked her historic homecoming to Hawaiʻi capping the global portion of the voyage. Hōkūleʻa will continue the Worldwide Voyage through 2018 by visiting each of Hawaiian Islands.  For each of the past and current legs of our current journey, you can click on any of the various legs below for crew lists, stories, videos, and blogs. Enjoy these stories from our sail for a sustainable future!

Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage: 3-minute overview video