The Hōkūle'aPolynesian voyaging canoe is making its way to New York as part of its worldwide voyage sailing across Earth's oceans to grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world, covering 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries. Crew members are sailing using a centuries-old method of Polynesian deep sea navigation -- with no modern instruments.
The Hawaiian name for this voyage, Mālama Honua, means "to care for our Earth." The four-year Worldwide Voyage will highlight diverse cultural and natural treasures and the importance of working together globally to protect them. Motivated by Pacific voyaging traditions that teach how important it is to venture beyond the horizon to connect and learn with others, the Worldwide Voyage is a means by which to engage all of Island Earth.
Hālāwai is honored to be partnering with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the sponsor of the Worldwide Voyage, to organize events and on-going activities in 2015 and 2016 throughout New York leading to Hōkūle'a's arrival. At the same time, we are working to lay the foundation for longer term commitments to educate, move and inspire communities, students, and families to respect and care for themselves, each other, and our area's natural and cultural resources. For more info about the Worldwide Voyage, click here. >>
Bringing the Classroom to the World's Oceans and the World's Oceans to the Classroom
Half a millennium before Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas, the largest expanse of ocean in the world was explored and settled by voyaging canoe. Navigators of old turned what would seem to be an insurmountable barrier - 10 million square miles of vast blue ocean – into a highway connecting all of Polynesia, using only the wisdom of nature and their ancestors to guide them.
These navigators were the greatest explorers of Island Earth – accomplishing tasks not thought humanly possible, creating technology through the melding of their minds and bodies, the natural environment, and ancestral wisdom.
Halawai and PVS, with the values of, and lessons learned on, the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, will celebrate this spirit of exploration with educational programing in the New York area to find ways to work together to collaborate classroom-to-classroom, canoe-to-classroom and educator-to-educator to contribute to an international network of learners involved in caring for our Island Earth.