The Polynesian Voyaging Society launched Tuesday a special online crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Jack Johnson.
The campaign at RallySong.com offers users a chance to download the song “Na Ho‘okele Opiopio (The Young Navigators),” which was written by Chucky Boy Chock and recorded with Johnson and Paula Fuga in honor of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
All proceeds from the campaign will benefit the society and the voyage. In addition to purchasing and downloading the song, fans can also purchase collector’s items and enter a raffle for a chance to win grand prizes such as an ukulele autographed by Johnson and a papa he‘e nalu (small wood surfboard) crafted with mahogany wood from the deckboards of the Hokulea.
The campaign runs through April 25 and hopes to meet a fundraising goal of $75,000.
In April, Hokulea will venture beyond the Pacific Ocean for the first time, beginning with visits throughout Australia, and plans to dock in South Africa at the end of 2015.