WORLD PREMIERE | Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One Canoe. One People.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society and ʻŌiwi TV proudly present MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE. as the closing night film of the 2018 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival. MOANANUIĀKEA is a feature-length documentary about Hōkūleʻa’s most ambitious journey to date: the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Moananuiākea illustrates the crucial role of indigenous voices and perspectives in both storytelling and in creating paradigm-changing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The film honors ʻike Hawai‘i — traditional wisdom of our island culture — on a global stage. It extends the values of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the Hōkūle‘a, a beacon of sustainability, unity and culture, beyond the voyaging community for perpetuation in the wider world.

Moananuiākea plays a vital role in carrying the enduring legacy of the Mālama Honua Voyage into the future. The voyage’s groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives have already inspired countless new practices to protect our environment. The wildly successful revival of a traditional art that was nearly extinct has created a resurgence of pride and respect for native cultures and encourages the active rediscovery of forgotten cultural practices. The film does more than bring the audience to the sea, it shows them how our ancestors have always had the keys to a collectively bright future and how it is up to us to use them.

November 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

Hawai’i Theater
1130 Bethel Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813

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Worldwide Voyage | Paʻaiau Loko Iʻa – Puʻuloa, Oʻahu

Kehaulani Lum, a lineal descendant of the Puʻuloa area, explained, “For our ʻohana this has really been a profound, profound moment because we didn’t expect it. We’re so grateful for Hōkūleʻa coming and we really hope they will come again and that this will just be the beginning of voyaging canoes returning to Puʻuloa.”

As Hōkūleʻa makes her way around the state of Hawaiʻi to mahalo those who supported the Worldwide Voyage, we are starting to see that our communities have been hard at work creating inspirational opportunities  to mālama honua.

Master navigator and President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society Nainoa Thompson said, “Aloha this is Nainoa Thompson onboard the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa just rounding Ford Island. Weʻre here from the permission of community and the permission of the U.S. Navy we are very grateful and and we are here to hopefully pay respect to this very special place to honor the community that is trying to restore fishponds and the environment.“

Cultural Resource Manager for the U.S. Navy Jeff Pantaleo said, “Today we’re at Loko Paaiau which is at McGrew point on the Navy base and we are in the middle of the restoration of this fish pond which dates back about 400 years ago. When I saw this project I consulted with Shad Kane and I told them this is a chance for a fish pond to be exposed and we need to protect it and restore it.”

Cultural practitioner Shad Kane explained, “That’s how this Paaiau Fishpond restoration project got started and that it was an effort to not just restore an ancient Hawaiian fish farm, but it was an effort to establish a closer relationship between not just the military but the military families and the surrounding civilian communities and working in partnership in the restoration of a fish pond.“

Kehaulani Lum noted, “Coming in here to do the work it was very clear to us that it’s more than simple fishpond restoration to feed ourselves that the story is much bigger than that in terms of our culture.”

Pantaleo said, “The whole idea of this project is to educate the kids so they can take care of it in the future.”

Thompson expressed, “We are here with the hope that this voyage will help to bring more and more children down to Puʻuloa, Pearl Harbor area so that they can learn how special it is.”

Pantaleo reflected, “When our community found out that the Hōkūleʻa is coming into Pearl Harbor really energized the community. They all they all wanted to be involved I could just see the community revitalized and really wanted to be part of it and not just for that one week but forever and so forever the Hōkūleʻa will be with us.”

Help fund the Voyage as we sail the East Coast

Hōkūle‘a’s visit to the eastern United States is a historic milestone in her 40 years of voyaging.

Celebrate with us by pledging your support to the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Mahalo Hawaiʻi Voyage| Honolua Tree Planting

More than 1,300 students, faculty and staff from the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus made their way to Honolua Bay to welcome Hōkūleʻa home from her momentous voyage around the world. Additionally, hundreds of community members and supporters from around Maui also gathered ma uka at the Puʻu Kukui Watershed Preserve to plant thousands of native plants in honor of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Hōkūleʻa Update | Mahalo and Mālama West Maui

Hōkūleʻa and her crew arrived Thursday at Honolua Bay, the first stop of the six-month Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail and the place where the legendary voyaging canoe departed for her maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976. Since arriving in Maui, Hōkūleʻa crew, including three original crewmembers from that first crossing, have been engaging with students and the community, and celebrating local efforts to mālama honua (care for Island Earth) at areas such as Olowalu Reef and Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve.  Throughout the five-day stop, the crew also have been conducting canoe tours at Honolua Bay and presentations at venues throughout West Maui.

Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail

*Ports and dates are subject to change

  • August-SeptemberMaui (Honolua), Oʻahu (Haleʻiwa), Kauaʻi (ports TBD)
  • October: Hawaiʻi Island (ports TBD), Maui (Hana)
  • November: Maui (Maʻalaea/Wailea), Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi
  • Late-November to mid-December:Oʻahu (Windward)
  • January: Oʻahu (Leeward, East and South)


On Friday, Hōkūleʻa was welcomed to Honolua Bay by 1,200 students from Kamehameha Schools Maui who lined the shores of the Bay and greeted the canoe with traditional chant and dance. The following morning, more than 500 people from the community came to Honolua Bay to welcome Hōkūleʻa and crew with a cultural ceremony.  More than 20 canoes from local paddling organizations encircled Hōkūleʻa along with Maui’s voyaging canoe Moʻokiha O Piʻilani to begin the welcoming ceremony.
Following the welcome ceremony, the Hōkūleʻa crew walked from Honolua Bay to Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve with approximately 500 members of the community to plant 5,000 native plants including koa trees, the traditional building materials of voyaging canoes which have been scarce in recent generations.  The planting was conducted in partnership with the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, Inc. through the conservation department of the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, State of Hawaiʻi DLNR, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi and Kamehameha Schools Maui.
During the planting at Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, Nainoa Thompson said, “It’s about values, kindness, compassion, love, aloha.  When you plant the trees here and you put it in this soil, that act of kindness is for the whole planet.  On behalf of all the voyagers, this is why we sail.”
On the way to Honolua Bay, Hōkūleʻa also made a stop at Olowalu Reef where members of the Olowalu Community Makai Management Area came aboard the canoe to announce that Olowalu Reef had been officially recognized as a Mission Blue Hope Spot by world-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. Local scientists took Hōkūleʻa crew on a dive to see the Olowalu Reef first hand during the brief stop on Thursday.
This evening, 1976 Crew Members who sailed from Honolua Bay to Tahiti and those on the return from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi will participate in an event at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua called The Legends of 1976.  The talk story event will reunite Buffalo Keaulana, Snake Ah Hee, Billy Richards, John Kruse, Gordon Piʻianaia, Penny Martin, Kimo Lyman, Marion Lyman-Mersereau, Makaala Yates, Kainoa Lee and Nainoa Thompson.
Public canoe tours will continue tomorrow (Sunday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Honolua Bay. Additional crew presentations will take place at Sheraton Maui and Montage Kapalua Bay. Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to depart Honolua on Tuesday, August 22, and will return to Oʻahu to prepare for the next stop on the Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail, which will be Haleʻiwa on the North Shore of Oʻahu.

Worldwide Voyage | Panina Hoʻomaikaʻi

Hōkūleʻa, accompanied by Makaliʻi, returns to the waters of Kualoa-Hakipuʻu where she was first launched on March 8, 1975. In an intimate gathering, Worldwide Voyage crewmembers and the community of supporters celebrated the spiritual closing of the 3-year, 42,000 nautical mile journey.

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Ua hoʻopōkole ʻia kēia wikiō ma o ka ʻoki ʻana i kekahi mau oli, mele, a hula i kaʻana ʻia ma ia ʻaha. E nānā nō i kekahi wikiō Panina Hoʻomaikaʻi no ka ʻike ʻana i nā oli, mele, a hula a pau i makana ʻia ma ia lā.

Some oli, mele, and hula may have been abridged due to duration considerations and no offense was meant to those who offered contributions in the ceremony. Please view the full version of the Panina Hoʻomaikaʻi for the complete presentation of oli, mele, and hula.

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Worldwide Voyage | Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Highlights

Part 1: Arrival of Nāmāhoe, Moʻokiha o Piʻilani, Makaliʻi, Hawaiʻiloa, Faafaite, Okeanos Marshall Islands, Hikianalia, and Hōkūleʻa

Part 2: Arrival Ceremony, Kāliʻi Ceremony, and ʻAha ʻAwa

Part 3: Gov. David Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Ka Pouhana Kamanaʻopono Crabbe deliver speeches honoring the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Part 4: President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and pwo navigator Nainoa Thompson celebrates the collective accomplishments of the Worldwide Voyage.

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Mālama Honua Summit | Inspirational Speakers Series: Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott

Byron Mallott

Byron Mallott
Alaska Lt. Governor

Alaska Lt. Governor Byron Mallott was born in Yakutat, Alaska, the ancestral home of his mother’s Tlingit clan. Mallott is clan leader of the Raven Kwaash Kee Kwaan Clan of Yakutat. His wife, Toni, was born and raised in the Athabascan village of Rampart on the Yukon River. They have raised five children and have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mallott entered public life as mayor of Yakutat at age 22, and has since held many positions of responsibility in the public, private and non-profit sectors including president of the Alaska Federation of Natives; founding president of the First Alaskans Institute; and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. In the private sector, Mallott has served as chair, president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation. Mallott and Governor Bill Walker took office on December 1, 2014. Mallott proudly serves on the Polynesian Voyage Society’s Board of Directors and his son, Joey, sailed the 8th and 29th leg of Hōkūleʻa’s journey.

Mālama Honua Summit | Inspirational Speakers Series: Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth

The Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth

or_20166612924The Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth is a preacher, teacher, writer and retreat facilitator, and an Episcopal priest. Shortly after her marriage to Marceline van Furth in 2016, she handed in her license to serve in the Diocese of Saldanha Bay because the Anglican church in South Africa does not permit it’s priests to marry same-sex partners. Tutu van Furth is the daughter of anti-apartheid activists Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu. She was the founding executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. Ms. Tutu van Furth lives in the Netherlands.