The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage
Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, our Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with a Mālama Hawaiʻi sail around our archipelago, and will continue through 2017 when our new generation of navigators take the helm and guide Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia back to Polynesia after circumnavigating the globe.
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.
Hōkūleʻa has voyaged traditionally for 40 years, 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 in 2014 to 2015, our two waʻa visited 24 islands and six countries throughout Polynesia. For each of the past and current legs of our current journey, you can click on the leg below for crew lists, stories, videos, and blogs. Enjoy these stories from our sail for a sustainable future!