The Polynesian Voyaging Society received a $300,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to support Hokulea’s and Hikianalia’s worldwide voyage, the organization announced Tuesday. The grant will support the maintenance of both canoes and the society’s experiential educational programs.
“The worldwide voyage’s programs fulfill OHA’s strategic plan to promote moʻomeheu (culture) and hoʻonaʻauao (education) through the practice of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the integration of sustainability and navigation in its curriculum,” said Colette Y. Machado, chairperson of OHA.
Hokulea and Hikianalia are voyaging 47,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 25 countries and 12 marine World Heritage sites to form global relationships and discover sustainable solutions for the environment and humankind.
“Embedded in our Hawaiian culture and language is the legacy of a 2,000-year-old relationship between our Islands and the sea,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of PVS. “The worldwide voyage allows us to honor and perpetuate this legacy, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ generous support directly supports this mission.”
The Worldwide Voyage will launch on May 17, sailing first to Hilo and then to Tahiti for the first international leg of the voyage.