Dan Lin

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 other global leaders to advocate for more stringent policies for combating climate change, the...

“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 we receive back home in Hawaii. He said this one morning as we sailed around the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town, our destination, was...

Last week, Hōkūle’a arrived in Mossel Bay, South Africa, which marks the farthest point away from Hawai’i that this voyaging canoe can possibly travel. From here on, every mile we sail will no longer be heading away from home but rather, closer to it. But Mossel Bay carries much more significance than just being a longitudinal antipode....

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, this stretch of sea is notoriously named “the Wild Coast” for a good reason. To...

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 all things, but especially with timing. However, one thing that we definitely did not want to miss...

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, Hōkūle’a crew were greeted by community members of all different backgrounds. Among those who greeted the crew was Romeo Njabulo...

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 in Cape Town next month. This event carries a great deal of significance on many levels, but perhaps most notable...

In a world where information is accessible at the touch of a button, there is something extra special about the few remaining pockets of knowledge that exist only in the minds of a few individuals. Traditional navigation in Micronesia is one of those last bastions of knowledge that, to this day, is passed on almost exclusively...

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 of the Earth—and as you get closer to the source, that pulse intensifies until it makes you...

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 approximately one quarter of the distance around the world, sailing to places like French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand, and then...

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 great deal from the phenomenon while contributing the least to the problem. These islands are located...

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. The day started at 4:30 a.m. on Motutapu, an island within sight of the Auckland...