The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa crewmembers were welcomed to Virginia’s Tangier Island this morning, accompanied by two Tangier locals including Tangier Island mayor and waterman James “Ooker” Eskridge, on their sail over from Reedville,VA where Hōkūleʻa docked overnight after departing from Yorktown,VA.
The crew engaged with the community through canoe tours and a short discussion about the local environment. PVS leadership, along with David Schulte, a marine biologist with the US Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District, participated in a discussion conducted by sixth grade students from Virginia’s Northumberland County. As part of a Community Problem Solving team, the students were assigned to find and work on an issue affecting Chesapeake Bay, for the upcoming school year. The students learned how Tangier Island is facing environmental challenges, and became actively involved in spreading awareness about the situation and helping to raise funds for the community.
More than Adventure
Beyond a daring expedition, the Worldwide Voyage is quite possibly the most important mission that Hawaiʻi has ever attempted. As people of Oceania, we are leading a campaign that gives voice to our ocean and planet by highlighting innovative solutions practiced by cultures around the planet.
We could not have begun this great journey without your support, nor can we continue to its completion.