Mālama Honua: ʻOhana Hōkūleʻa, Episode 4
“You’re looking at a voyage that would take Hōkūleʻa from Hawaiʻi for three years. You’d be sailing for at least 45,000 nautical miles. It would be by far the most dangerous thing we would ever consider doing as a voyaging family. The risks are huge. But on the other side, the possibilities are enormous…We’re not going to change the world; we’re going to build a network of people around the Earth who are going to change it. And our job is to help them be successful.”
– Nainoa Thompson
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In our final episode, Hōkūleʻa completes her journey through Polynesia and prepares to leave the Pacific for the first time ever. She now carries the hope and lessons offered by the many communities visited to date. From cutting-edge, award winning sustainability projects taking place right here in Polynesia to hosting the United Nations Secretary General onboard and having recording artists premiering new hits to sing her praises, Hōkūleʻa has already started to gather and spread messages of mālama honua. Her journey to reconnect throughout Polyneisa and gather this ‘Ohana Hōkūleʻa to Mālma Honua ends with a homecoming 29 years in the making in Waitangi Bay, Aotearoa. Join us as Hōkūleʻa continues making history.
About the Series
Nearly 40 years ago, the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society dreamed of rebuilding a double-hulled canoe similar to those of our ancestors. What began as an effort to disprove critics who doubted Polynesians’ ability to sail purposefully and settle their vast nation unaided by navigational instruments has grown into a cultural reawakening, a new generation of leaders, and a living commitment to sustainability.
Hōkūleʻa originally sailed to rediscover and then to reconnect. Now she’s circling the globe carrying a message of Mālama Honua, or caring for Our Island Earth, as we struggle with the degradation of our land and oceans with the firm belief that our ancient wisdom will inspire contemporary solutions.
Join in this movement as we sail through the past, and venture into new waters of relationships and change!
Mālama Honua: ʻOhana Hōkūleʻa is a collaboration between the Polynesian Voyaging Society, ʻŌiwi TV, and Hawaii News Now.