Marisa Hayase

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 moment was a year-long journey through French Polynesia, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand. Hōkūleʻa’s arrival in Australia…

Changing Planet

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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 the open ocean without instruments, using wayfinding techniques passed down over a thousand years. Thompson, mentored for decades by…

Changing Planet

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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 amazing how exhausting sea travel can be. The hours of standing watch break down your natural rhythm of work-sleep cycles. The past two…

Wildlife

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  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 “taking their voyage underwater” to show what a healthy ocean can look like. They were just…

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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 crew member Ana Yawaramai on what the arrival at Tahiti was like. The Polynesian Voyaging Society Hawaiian canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia are journeying around…

Human Journey

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