Marine artist Robert Wyland has teamed up with Hokulea and its crew to spread the message of Malama Honua in American Samoa.
With the help of master navigator Nainoa Thompson and local artists, Wyland completed a life-sized mural of marine life at the Ocean Center in Pago Pago.
The Ocean Center is engaging youth and communities with a message of ocean conservation, said Wyland. This is the same message Nainoa and Hokulea are championing “and that’s where we need to put the light today,” he said.
Wyland, who is also a Polynesian Voyaging Society crewmember, was invited to join Hokulea and her crew to the United Nations conference on Small Island Developing States.
He will be sailing with them to Apia, Samoa, and is planning to ask community members for permission to paint a mural there. The paintings will represent the voyage mission and efforts to protect the ocean.
“I am just proud to be here in American Samoa to be part of this great adventure of our day,” Wyland said. “It’s one of the most creative ways I’ve ever seen for people to see the connection of the one ocean that we have. We have only one and it’s a beautiful story that the Hokulea is telling and I’m proud to be a small part of it.”