Worldwide Voyage

Return of the Penguins

This is Part Four of “Voyage of the Yellow-eyed Penguin” (See Part One, Part Two, Part Three) Last explorations of Eden 14 November 2017 Waterfall Inlet and Lake Hinemoa Today started out pretty OK. Just another morning in the subantarctic, in an impossible cove full of waterfalls, rainbows, and yellow-eyed penguins. Eight penguins swam up to and under…

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Hōkūleʻa Joins the Centennial Tribute to Queen Liliʻuokalani

In honor of Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hōkūleʻa this morning set sail along the southern shoreline of Oʻahu to join in an observance ceremony shared across the island chain. At around 8:30 am, Hōkūleʻa was faced toward the direction of Iolani Palace, Kawaiahaʻo and Washington Place and her sails were lowered. At this moment, double rainbows appeared…

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Global Handwashing Day: Reflecting on handwashing under the Ethiopian sun  

One hot afternoon last year, there was dancing and singing as a young girl named Nigisti stepped forward to wash her hands. Other students at the Abi Adi School in Trigray, Ethiopia stood in line behind her, grinning widely as they awaited their turn. As Nigisti scrubbed the soap between her fingers, the school’s principal…

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Hōkūleʻa Returns Home

On June 20, 2017, at approximately 9:45 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time, legendary voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa sailed into the harbor at Oʻahu’s Magic Island after completing a 42,000-mile open-ocean journey around the world. Nearly 50,000 people gathered to celebrate the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and the conclusion of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian…

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Solar Energy’s Rapid Growth to Save the Oceans

Ocean warming and acidification have devastating effects on our oceans: coral bleaching, species migration, mollusks’ and planktons’ stunted growth are only some of the impacts our fossil fuel economy is having on the planet’s most precious ecosystem. Solar power is currently the most promising energy source to replace fossil fuels and enable a clean energy…

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A 100-Ton Kitesurfer

Not a typical sailboat, Race for Water’s wind power is generated by an avant-guarde, automated traction kite, developed by Skysails Yacht of Hamburg, Germany, a leader in Kite and wind technologies. A 30m2 (323 sq ft) Kite can fully power our 100-ton boat in 20 knots winds. Consequently, while the Kite is pulling, the solar panels can recharge batteries or create hydrogen energy through electrolysis. A…

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Hokulea Greeted by Mayor of Mataiea and Over 500 Community Members

[This text is from an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.] (Mataiea, Tahiti) – As part of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hawaii’s legendary Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia visited Mataiea and were greeted by Alpha Tearii, mayor of Mataiea and minister of Marine and Land Resources, and with an overwhelming show…

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Voyaging Through 4 Global Marine Treasures

This blog is by ʻAulani Wilhelm, a crew member for the Polynesian Voyaging Society aboard Hōkūleʻa from Panama to the Galapagos, and Senior Vice-President for Oceans at Conservation International. For over two decades, ʻAulani has worked to protect the the ocean and the resources it provides including helping to lead the designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National…

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Young Traditional Navigators Aim for One of the Most Isolated Islands on Earth

[Text from an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society] (PACIFIC OCEAN) – With more than 1,600 miles traveled since leaving the Galapagos Islands 12 days ago, Hawaii’s iconic voyaging canoe Hokulea is facing one of the most challenging legs of the Voyage under the direction of the crew’s apprentice navigators.  The canoe’s destination, Rapa Nui…

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Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe and Viking Longship Meet for First Time

(SYLVAN BEACH, NY) – During Hokulea’s historic sail on the Erie Canal last week, the canoe crossed paths with the Draken Harald Harfagre, a modern day Viking ship from Norway on a similar mission of connecting the ancient ways of sailing with modern-day exploration. One from Hawaii and the other from Norway, both sailing vessels are…

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Hawaii’s Legendary Voyaging Canoe Makes History at the UN

Hawaii’s legendary traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa achieved the pinnacle of her historic four-year sail around the world at today’s United Nations (UN) celebration of World Oceans Day: a global event focused on ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” encouraged individuals and organizations across the globe to…

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