The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage Continues into 2018

Sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines

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, with canoes set to visit the communities of Hana, Kaunakakai and Waiʻanae on the islands of Maui, Molokaʻi and Oʻahu respectively during the remaining months of 2017. 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.”

Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail Schedule 

(Subject to change)

Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail, Waiʻanae Stop Schedule of Events

Cultural Protocol Workshops for Pokaʻi Bay Arrival Ceremony:

ʻOli and Hula Workshop with Kumu Boboy Kaʻawa-Flores
December 6, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Community Learning Center at Maʻili
Register at or call 670-2045

Lei Making Workshop with Kumu Boboy Kaʻawa-Flores
December 7, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Community Learning Center at Maʻili
(please bring yellow pua and ferns)

December 8, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION UPDATE: Pokaʻi Bay Community Learning Center at Maʻili
(please bring yellow pua and ferns)
Register at or call 670-2045

Hōkūleʻa Arrival Ceremony & Celebration
December 9, 11am – 6pm
Pokaʻi Bay, Waiʻanae, Oahu
Additional details located on

School visits and educational outreach (by appointment only)
December 11-15 and December 18-21, Mornings 8am-3pm

Community Canoe Tours
December 11-15 and December 18-21, Afternoons 3pm-6pm
December 10 and December 16-17, 10am-4pm

Hulikoʻa Kaiaulu, Crew Talk Story – Sponsored by Kamehameha Schools
Past and present: Hōkūleʻa crew members from the Waiʻanae moku
December 13, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Community Learning Center at Maʻili

Crew Talk Story – Sponsored by Waiʻanae Moku Clubs of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Past and present: Hōkūleʻa crew members from the Waiʻanae moku
December 19, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Waiʻanae District Park

Star Talk – Sponsored by E Ala Voyaging Academy
Hōkūleʻa crew members
December 20, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pokaʻi Bay, Waiʻanae, Oʻahu

Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to depart Pokaʻi Bay on December 21, and will return to the Marine Education Training Center at Sand Island to prepare for her next stop on the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi sail.

PVS has plans to continue the Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail to additional communities into 2018 . Please be advised that sail schedules are dependent on weather and other factors and can change on an hourly basis. Follow us on Facebook for updates as PVS leads up to each leg of the Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail.

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