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 to Return to Maui on Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail

The next stop on Hōkūleʻa’s Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail will take the legendary voyaging canoe back to the island of Maui for a nearly two-week stop at Mā’alaea Harbor, February 19 to March 2, 2018.  The canoe and crew will be greeted by the Hui o Waʻa Kaulua, Maui’s voyaging canoe society, and other Maui community cultural groups who will hold a welcome ceremony open to the general public. During the 10-day engagement, the Hōkūleʻa crew will be hosting school tours and public dockside canoe tours. The Grand Wailea also will host a crew panel discussion and Worldwide Voyage film screening on the evening of the canoe’s arrival. Read more >


FEB 18 UPDATE: Māʻalaea Harbor, Maui Arrival Ceremony Postponed Until Further Notice

Due to the forecast for potential severe weather, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) has postponed Hōkūleʻa’s departure from Oʻahu to Maui until possibly tomorrow.  Currently docked at METC in Sand Island, the voyaging canoe was scheduled to depart this morning at 1:00 a.m. and was supposed to arrive at Māʻalaea Harbor at9:00 a.m. on Monday morning (Presidents’ Day).  Due to the delayed departure, the welcome ceremony at Māʻalaea Harbor has been postponed until the new arrival date and time is determined.

If weather conditions improve, Hōkūleʻa will depart at 6:00 a.m.tomorrow morning and will arrive at Māʻalaea Harbor by Tuesday morning.  PVS will continue to provide updates on hokulea.com and social media.

The Hōkūleʻa Panel Discussion and Screening of Worldwide Voyage Film Highlights at the Grand Wailea is still scheduled to take place tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 19) at 6:00 p.m. at the Haleakala Ballroom 2/3 (Makena South Entrance).  Free and open to the public, attendees will hear stories about the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage from Hōkūleʻa’s navigators and crew.  The hotel is offering complimentary valet parking.

If Hōkūleʻa arrives by Tuesday morning, public canoe tours and school visits will continue as scheduled weather permitting (please checkhokulea.com and social media for the latest schedule updates):

Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23

1-3:00 p.m.
Public Open House Tours of Hōkūleʻa
Māʻalaea Harbor

Saturday, February 24 to Sunday, February 25

9 a.m. – Noon
Public Open House Tours of Hōkūleʻa
Māalaea Harbor

Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1

1-3:00 p.m.
Public Open House Tours of Hōkūleʻa
Māalaea Harbor

Parking for public tours is available in the Māʻalaea harbor public paid parking stalls and the large Maui Harbor Shops parking lot. Hōkūleʻa will be located on the South side of the harbor at the far end of the dock. Hōkūleʻa’s visit to Māʻalaea is part of the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail.

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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