Dan Lin

Marshall Islanders Reflect On A Dark Legacy of Nuclear Testing

The Republic of the Marshall Islands have been making ripples in global news lately. Fresh off a strong gathering at COP 21 in Paris, where the Honorable Tony de Brum (ex. Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Marshall Islands) rallied with ...

Spotlight on Humanity’s United Side

“We’ve come halfway around the world and still haven’t left home yet,” mused Hōkūle’a captain, Nainoa Thompson, as he reflected on the similarity between South Africa’s welcoming spirit of ubuntu and the aloha that ...

What Do Voyagers Do While Waiting for Good Weather?

The eastern coastline of South Africa is widely known around the mariner community as being a particularly challenging one to sail. With the strong Agulhas Current flowing from north to south paired with the precarious wind patterns from all directions, ...

Witnessing the “Miracle” of iSimangaliso

In voyaging, weather is usually the single most important determinant of schedule. It is often said that setting  a firm schedule in voyaging is like setting yourself up for disappointment. On this Worldwide Voyage, we have learned to flexible in ...

What Does A Polynesian Canoe Mean to a South African?

Several days ago, Hōkūle’a made landfall at Richards Bay, South Africa. This is the first of several stops in the country where so many significant stories of the Worldwide Voyage will be told. Upon arrival, Hōkū...

Finding Ubuntu: Hawaiian Voyagers in South Africa

In a few days time, the renowned voyaging canoe, Hōkūle’a, will be making its first contact with the African continent at Maputo, Mozambique. From there they will make their way down the coast of South Africa, arriving ...

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Every two years, there is a gathering in the Australian countryside like few you have ever seen. Out in this arid landscape under the unrelenting, ozone-piercing scrutiny of the sun, there comes a pulse. It beats steadily—like a heartbeat ...

Taking the Worldwide Voyage Underwater in Australia

It’s been a little over a year since the Polynesian Voyaging Society set sail from Hawai’i to embark on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage (WWV). Since then, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle’a, has traveled ...

A Small Island Takes a Big Stand on Plastic

It’s no surprise that, in an era of rapid change, island nations will be among the first to feel the effects of climate change. A common sentiment shared among the islands of the Pacific is that they suffer a ...

Hōkūle‘a: Making a Grand Entrance in Auckland

After several exciting weeks of traversing the Northland of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and interacting with incredible communities all throughout, our leg of the Worldwide Voyage finally concluded with a sail into the city of Auckland and a day of ceremonies. ...