National Geographic released a blog today, Hokule’a Returns Home, to highlight the arrival of the Hokule’a in Honolulu. The epic journey, the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, organized by the Polynesian Voyaging Society set out to share “indigenous wisdom, groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of the Island Earth.”
Commenting on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage in the blog, Nainoa Thompson, Ocean Elder and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, said “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. 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.”
Over three years, the Hokule’a traveled to more than 150 ports, 23 countries and territories, as well as 8 UNESCO’S Marine World Heritage sites to connect with more than 100,000 people in 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.
The full blog can be found on the National Geographic website.
Photo Credit: Polynesian Voyaging Society