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Moananuiākea Voyage Update Circumnavigation of the Pacific Postponed to 2023

PVS to focus this year on training, education and storytelling 

The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) announced that the Moananuiākea Voyage’s circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean has been rescheduled to the spring of 2023 due to the continuing uncertainties caused by the global pandemic.  Despite the change in the sail schedule, PVS will launch its educational and storytelling campaign as planned this spring through a new addition to its fleet, a web-based canoe called Waʻa Honua (Canoe for the Earth). 

This virtual platform will feature an ongoing series of stories and educational content focusing on the protection and perpetuation of the art and science of traditional navigation and planetary renaissance, using content and curriculum produced during crew navigation and leadership training voyages to be held throughout the year. 

“Although our canoes will not be circumnavigating the Pacific this year, we will be focused on the children of Hawaiʻi and still meeting our mission of inspiring exploration, education and care for our communities and the earth while we voyage and train here at home,” said PVS CEO Nainoa Thompson. “Our canoes are classrooms for the earth and through technology and partnerships we can still commit to our educational campaign, which aims to inspire people to action and to make good choices for our oceans and the world.”

PVS is finalizing the development of Waʻa Honua, which will be launched in the spring in collaboration with core partners Nakupuna Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawaiʻi, Arizona State University and ʻAha Moananuiākea Pacific Consortium.

Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia had been scheduled to depart Alaska this April to begin a 42-month, 41,000-mile journey to 46 countries and archipelagoes, 100 indigenous territories and 345 ports.  

For an overview on the mission of the  Moananuiākea Voyage, please click the link to the video, “The Way of the Navigator.” 

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