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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release, Sunday, June 18, 2017

Contacts:  

Sonja Swenson Rogers

Polynesian Voyaging Society

sonja@pvshawaii.org

(808) 745-3386

Christine Matsuda Smith

Bennet Group

christine@bennetgroup.com

(808) 753-7134

HOKULEA RETURNS HOME AFTER HISTORIC WORLDWIDE VOYAGE

Voyaging canoe is welcomed with traditional Hawaiian ceremony and of thousands of supporters at arrival to Magic Island in Honolulu

(Honolulu, Hawaii) -  At approximately 9:45 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, legendary voyaging canoe, Hokulea, sailed into the harbor at Oahu's Magic Island after completing a 42,000-mile open-ocean journey around the world. Nearly 50,000 people gathered to celebrate the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and the conclusion of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines. Through sharing indigenous wisdom, groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of the Island Earth, the epic journey has inspired practices to protect our environment for future generations.

Hokulea's return to Hawaii marks the first time in history that a Polynesian voyaging canoe has sailed around the world. The voyage was led by a crew of skilled navigators using ancient Polynesian wayfinding techniques, observing the stars, ocean, winds, birds and other signs of nature as mapping points for direction.

"The wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors coupled with inspirational, forward-thinking about connecting people and cultures to preserve our Island Earth, allowed us to create an unprecedented movement called Mālama Honua and navigate toward a more sustainable world," said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. "Our voyage continues. We must keep inspiring the stewardship of our earth, perpetuation of our culture and learning how to care for environment and the people around us."

Themed Lei Ka`apuni Honua, meaning "A Lei Around The World," the homecoming celebration honored the journey of connecting cultures and people across the globe. Dignitaries, leaders, sponsors, partners and the community joined the Polynesian Voyaging Society to watch as Hokulea sailed into Magic Island along with a fleet of seven deep sea voyaging canoes from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand. This historic return to Hawaii was observed with a cultural welcoming ceremony followed by an all-day event filled with music and entertainment for the entire community.

 For hi-res images and video from restricted access ceremonial areas, click here.

"The State of Hawai'i is tremendously proud of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, crewmembers, volunteers and community partners of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage for their efforts to share our knowledge and values and work collaboratively with cultures around the world to protect our environment," said Hawaii State Governor David Y. Ige. "As a global leader in sustainability, Hawaii and its people will continue to support environmental conservation and preservation initiatives that make our world a better place."

"The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage is a shining example of what we can accomplish together and the change we can initiate to realize a brighter future for Hawaii and the world," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "This global movement has not only encouraged stewardship of our island Earth, but also has inspired the next generation of navigators, explorers and engaged citizens who are proud of where they come from and what our culture stands for. The value and lessons from this voyage will continue to help our community thrive for years to come."

A series of additional homecoming events are planned throughout homecoming week, including the Malama Honua Fair and Summit, a three-day summit, will highlight the voyaging, cultural, environmental, educational and health and well-being missions of the Worldwide Voyage by sharing malama honua "stories of hope" and voyage-inspired initiatives and activities with the public. The event's inspirational speaker series will feature local and global speakers who have engaged with the Voyage including: Megan Smith, 3rd chief technology officer of the United States; Dieter Paulmann, founder of Okeanos Foundation for the Sea; and Ocean Elders Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Don Walsh.

The mission of the Voyage has been to spread the message of Malama Honua (caring for Island Earth) by promoting environmental consciousness, fostering learning environments, bringing together island communities and growing a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The voyage has encouraged a resurgence of pride and respect for native cultures and has created opportunities for people throughout the world to honor our shared heritage.

Hokulea and Hikianalia will continue to sail around the Hawaiian Islands to reconnect with local communities and schools to share stories and lessons learned on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

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.

For high-resolution stills, video from the restricted access ceremonial zones from Hokulea's arrival, as well as aerial footage of the canoes' approach, click here.

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For details of the Hokulea homecoming events, visit http://www.hokulea.com/home/.

To follow the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit http://hokulea.com/track-the-voyage.

The online press kit is available at www.hokulea.com/press.

To follow the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit http://hokulea.com/track-the-voyage.


The online press kit is available at www.hokulea.com/press.

About Hokulea:
A symbol of cultural revival, the history of Hokulea is also being shared on this journey to inspire other indigenous cultures. This replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe was built 40 years ago and revitalized voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific. The canoe's twin hulls allow her to handle large ocean swells and recover easily in the troughs of waves, and her triangular canvas sails can harness winds up to 20 knots. Hokulea first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Through the revival of the traditional art and science of wayfinding-navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind-Hokulea sparked a Hawaiian cultural renaissance and has reawakened the world's sense of pride and strength as voyagers charting a course for our Island Earth. 

About the Polynesian Voyaging Society:

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one other, and their natural and cultural environments.
 

For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com or find us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.

  

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Meet Sam Ka`ai...

Sam Kaha‘ieuanalio Ka‘ai, is a world-renowned creative force, visionary, orator, keeper of knowledge, a master carver, artisan, teacher, mentor, historian, and spiritual leader.  From the creation of his ki‘i for the Hokule‘a evolved his lifelong dedication to the Polynesian Voyaging Society. In 1978, ‘80 and ‘85, Ka‘ai sailed as a crewmember aboard the Hokule‘a.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, just two day before Hokule`a would make it's historic return home after it's Worldwide voyage, Hawaiian Music Live's Bruddah Wade sat down for a one on one interview with the cultural icon, to discuss his childhood, his involvement and creation of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the voyages of the Hokule`a that he has been a part of, including 1978 where Eddie Aikau was lost at sea.