Marisa Hayase

Braving the Tasman Sea on a Hawaiian Canoe

After sailing the seas of Polynesia for 40 years, the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa has left home waters and ventured into the Tasman Sea for the first time, continuing her Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Preceding this historic ...

Inspiring Words From an Award-Winning Hawaiian Navigator

Master navigator Nainoa Thompson has just been honored in Washington D.C. for “Excellence in Exploration” at the 2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. He is one of a handful of indigenous navigators left on Earth that can find tiny islands in ...

Seeing a 600-Year-Old Voyaging Canoe Up Close

By Captain and Pwo Navigator, Kālepa Baybayan Tucked away along a hillside in Porohara, South Island, New Zealand, is Onetahua Marae. Onetahua means the “Gathering Sands,” and is named for the spit of land that juts out into the ...

Hawaiian Navigators Among the Māori

By Captain and Pwo Navigator, Kālepa Baybayan It’s 9 a.m. and most of the crew of Hōkūleʻa, our 62-foot, deep-sea Polynesian voyaging canoe on a multi-year journey around the world, is still asleep. It’s ...

Converting “Dumb Luck” to Fortune

The Worldwide Voyage has many faces. Evan Rapoport is a Product Manager at Google in Mountain View, California, who had the good fortune to accompany the Voyage. Taking advantage of luck—whether by faith, presence of mind, or a keen ...

Fishing for Our Future With Lures From the Past

By Nahaku Kalei As island people and Worldwide Voyage sailors, we have a close relationship with food from the sea. Along with being a healthy source of lean protein, fish caught on the Hōkūleʻa and Hikinalia canoes ...

The Worldwide Voyage Goes Underwater

  Polynesian Voyaging Society crew members recently explored the only true tropical reef in the U.S. National Marine Sanctuary System, diving into the thriving waters of Fagatele Bay. The dive marks the first time the Polynesian Voyaging Society is “...

The World Is Still Enormous

By Eric Co The navigator cannot act on what they know, but what they think they know. The navigator must envision beyond sight, understand beyond the senses. Amid the vastness of the ocean and the complete darkness your senses are ...

A Tahitian Welcome for the Worldwide Voyage

The Worldwide Voyage is connecting many peoples and places with its stunning use of traditional navigation. Marisa Hayase is helping follow the many stories that are unfolding, and here she shares a small entry written by Hōkūle‘a ...

Worldwide Voyage Photos From Tautira: One Ocean, One Family

The Worldwide Voyage is about more than just traditional knowledge or sailing the Pacific in canoes. Through this voyage, many peoples are connected, and awareness for the Earth’s incredible oceans is brought into sharp focus. Ever since the maiden ...