Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

A descendant of Hawaiian chiefs, English seafarers, and Chinese merchants, Elizabeth Lindsey was raised by native Hawaiian elders who prophesied her role as a steward of ancestral wisdom. Lindsey’s expeditions now take her to some of the most remote regions of the world.   Today as I was dashing through the usual busy-ness of life,...

The journey continues for National Geographic Fellow Elizabeth Lindsey currently aboard a Polynesian voyaging canoe “Hine Moana” bound for the Solomon Islands.  The crew has left Vanuatu’s Port Vila and will stop briefly on Meskelyne before landing at Honiara where more than 3,000 cultural practitioners from more than 27 countries will gather. Over the next few...

This week Elizabeth Lindsey is aboard a Polynesian voyaging canoe “Hine Moana” bound for the Solomon Islands.  Weather permitting, the crew will leave Vanuatu’s Port Vila on the summer solstice stopping briefly on Meskelyne before landing at Honiara where more than 3,000 cultural practitioners from more than 27 countries will gather. Over the next few weeks...

This week Elizabeth Lindsey will board a Polynesian voyaging canoe “Hine Moana” bound for the Solomon Islands.  Weather permitting, the crew will leave Vanuatu’s Port Vila on the summer solstice stopping briefly on Meskelyne before landing at Honiara where more than 3,000 cultural practitioners from more than 27 countries will gather. Over the next few weeks...

National Geographic’s 2012 Explorers’ Symposium ended yesterday.  It was a mind-bending, week-long exploration fest.  Yet, despite the most daring and innovative presentations illustrating the technology and development of the metropolitan world (and there were many), I couldn’t help but reflect on the brilliance of native cultures from the world’s most remote regions. Consider this: before...