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June 13, 2017

Wa‘a Wednesday: Homecoming

This Saturday, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its partners will celebrate the completion of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

June 07, 2017

Wa‘a Wednesday: Preparing for Hōkūle‘a's return

Nearing Hawaiian waters, Hōkūle‘a is now just days away from returning home to Hawai‘i, with a homecoming celebration planned for June 17.

May 24, 2017

Wa‘a Wednesday: The Final Leg

Hōkūle‘a departed Tahiti and is heading home to Hawai‘i for the first time in three years as the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage comes to a close.

May 10, 2017

Wa‘a Wednesday: Seeing system change close-up

Dr. Shawn Kana‘iaupuni reflects on how the Mālama Honua voyage has helped to transform education in Hawai‘i--e hoʻomau kākou, e mālama honua kākou!

April 26, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Reunited in Tahiti

As Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia both arrive in Tahiti to celebrations, a youth delegation of 15 Kamehameha Schools Kapālama haumāna travel to represent Hawaiʻi.

April 11, 2017

Exhibitors needed for Mālama Honua Summit

Teachers or students interested in hosting an educational exhibit are invited to participate in a summit hosted as part of the Hōkūleʻa homecoming celebration.

March 29, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Learning the “language” of nature

In her crew blog, KS Executive Strategy Consultant Dr. Shawn Kanaʻiaupuni talks about the educational impact of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

March 15, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Students experience Rapa Nui and Tahiti

Nāhiku, a group of students from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and Samuel M. Kamakau Public Charter School come together to represent Hawaiʻi as Hōkūleʻa arrives in Rapa Nui.

March 01, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Next generation of navigators take the helm

As the Mālama Honua worldwide voyage is coming to a close, the next generation of navigators prepares by taking on one of the most challenging legs to Rapa Nui.

February 22, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Nearing Rapa Nui

Hōkūleʻa left the Galapagos on Feb. 10 heading for Rapa Nui and a navigational return to the Pacific.

February 01, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa arrives in the Galapagos

Hawaiʻi teachers, students and conservation partners join the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage crew for a learning journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Site.

January 18, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday – Back in the Pacific

After completing the historic two-day transit across the Panama Canal, Hōkūleʻa is back in Pacific waters for the first time in two years. While in Panama, crewmembers continue outreach efforts with indigenous communities.

January 03, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Preparing for a historic canal crossing

Hōkūleʻa reached Panama this week, preparing for a historic crossing which will bring the waʻa into the Pacific Ocean for the first time in two years.

December 20, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Heading home in June

Save the date for a series of Hōkūleʻa homecoming activities this summer. Waʻa leaves Miami towards the Panama Canal.

December 07, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday – Journey along the U.S. East Coast complete

While Hōkūleʻa reaches Miami and heads for warmer waters on her journey back to Hawaiʻi, she still builds important relationships abroad and at home.

November 16, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Back on the water

Hōkūleʻa completes its final dry dock before continuing leg 25 of its Mālama Honua journey.

October 26, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday – Dry docked and on display in Virginia

Hōkūleʻa is currently at Virginia's Mariner's Museum as crew conducts vital maintenance work in preparation for the journey home.

October 12, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Kumu find new ways to connect their classrooms with the voyage

Waʻa to Papa connections have been around since the voyage launch, but a new strategy is hoping to connect learners on a deeper level.

October 05, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: KS Maui alum talks about Leg 24

KS Maui graduate Kaipo Kīʻaha blogs about the start to the newest leg of the Worldwide Voyage and the experience seeing Hōkūleʻa for the first time after two years apart.

September 28, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa crew visits birthplace of Charles Reed Bishop

While making her way back to the East Coast of the United States, Hōkūleʻa crewmembers stop to visit Glens Falls, NY.

September 07, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa’s Great Lakes journey

The Mālama Honua voyage heads back north through the interior of the United States for another historic journey to the Great Lakes and Ontario, Canada.

August 24, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: The significance of makana

KSK alum and voyage crew member Kaʻai McAfee-Torco shares her manaʻo on the practice of exchanging gifts along the journey and how that reflects the greater mālama honua message.

August 09, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday – Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy

Hōkūleʻa made her way to the great white north, Canada, to visit First Nations’ communities in Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy.

July 27, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: From Maine on to Nova Scotia

On the last stop of leg 21 of the worldwide voyage, Hōkūleʻa continues to make connections with the first peoples of the lands they travel, stopping in Mt. Desert, Maine.

July 20, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Making connections in Salem

The legendary voyaging canoe continues its East Coast voyage in a new state en route to Maine.

July 13, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa reaches Boston

The legendary voyaging canoe continues its New England leg with a four-day stop in Boston.

July 06, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: From Mystic Seaport to Martha’s Vineyard

The Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage continues up the East Coast of the United States making connections with the first peoples in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

June 29, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: The Promise of Mālama Honua in New York City

KS executive strategy consultant Dr. Shawn Kanaʻiaupuni reflects on her experiences in New York City and the larger Promise to Children behind the voyage.

June 22, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa continuing north on East Coast voyage

The voyaging canoe makes its way further north with stops in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine scheduled.

June 15, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Sharing Mālama Honua in the Big Apple

The Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage stop in New York City is marked with milestones and memories as the message of Mālama Honua is shared on the historic East Coast journey.

June 08, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: The third waʻa in the worldwide voyage

We know about Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, but do you know the third waʻa in the worldwide voyage?

June 01, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: New App lets keiki connect to the educational messages of Mālama Honua

A non-profit collaboration creates worldwide voyage app for children ages 5-8

May 25, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa goes to Washington

White House dignitaries and members of the Hawai‘i congressional delegation were present to usher the canoe into the nation’s capital.

May 18, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Cross-cultural exchanges in Washington D.C.

Hōkūleʻa collects another historic moment as it reaches Washington D.C. and is joined by a tri-campus delegation from KS.

May 11, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Planning for a historic arrival

A protocol training helps students, staff and community prepare for the arrival of Hōkūleʻa in Washington D.C. and New York.

May 04, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Connecting with other first peoples

The Mālama Honua Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage have been connecting with first peoples throughout their tour along the east coast.

April 13, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Honoring astronauts and navigating intracoastal waterways

The Mālama Honua worldwide voyage made a stop at the NASA Kennedy Space Center to honor a Hawaiʻi astronaut who helped inspire this endeavor.

April 06, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa on the East Coast

The waʻa has made its way through the interior waterways of Florida and is planning on spending the next few months traveling the East Coast.

March 22, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa Arrives in Cuba

KS Executive Strategy Consultant and Hōkūleʻa crew member Dr. Shawn Kanaʻiaupuni shares her story of arriving in Havana, Cuba as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

March 16, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Nā Kula Kamaliʻi ʻo Kamehameha Wayfinders

A Nā Kula Kamaliʻi group takes a closer look at the linkage between navigation and culture-based education.

March 02, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa Reaches the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean

The canoe reaches another milestone and hopes to highlight cultural and environmental stories of hope in the Caribbean.

February 24, 2016

Wa‘a Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa heads towards the Caribbean

The Hawaiian voyaging canoe will enter the Caribbean Sea for the first time in history.

January 27, 2016

Opening Our Eyes – Plankton with Auntie Anu

KS Heʻeia Preschool teacher Kathryn Takakuwa writes about a visit from Hikianalia crew member Anuschka Fauccio who used high-tech tools to teach keiki about the ocean organism, plankton.

January 13, 2016

Wa‘a Wednesday: Hōkūle‘a stops at St. Helena en route to Brazil

After traveling approximately 1,900 miles on the longest leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūle‘a arrived at the island of St. Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

December 16, 2015

KS preschoolers get hands-on learning experience aboard Hikianalia

KS Heʻeia Preschool teacher Ānuenue Punua recalls a recent huaka‘i to visit and learn on the deck of Hikianalia, sister vessel of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa.

November 18, 2015

KS Kapālama and Hālau Kū Māna students welcome Hōkūleʻa to South Africa

The haumāna greeted the crew of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage in Cape Town with ‘oli, mele and hula. The students’ two-week visit includes opportunities for cultural-educational exchange and community service.

November 03, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Worth the risk

After sailing more than 16,000 nautical miles on the Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūleʻa now faces new challenges and risks on the most dangerous leg to date.

October 21, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Pulling for South Africa

Crew member Kālepa Baybayan gives his account of Hōkūleʻa's journey to Richards Bay, South Africa.

October 07, 2015

Hōkūle‘a departs on the most challenging leg of the Worldwide Voyage to date

The crew of the Hōkūle‘a set sail for South Africa, the most ambitious leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide voyage yet.

September 16, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Hōkūle‘a arrives in Mauritius

The crew of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a received a warm welcome recently upon reaching the island nation of Mauritius. The stop is a critical waypoint on the dangerous Indian Ocean leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

September 02, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday: Two KSK students join Nā Kelamoku

KS Kapālama students Kalani Asano and Tehani McLean share stories of the summer learning opportunities they were given as part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Youth Leadership Initiative, Nā Kelamoku.

August 19, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa departs Bali for longest leg

Hōkūleʻa left Bali heading 3,500 miles across the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, on the longest leg in Polynesian Voyaging Society history without a crew change.

August 05, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Bali welcomes Hōkūle‘a

Hawai‘i's treasured voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a was greeted with an arrival ceremony in Bali recently after sailing through the Indian Ocean from Australia.

July 08, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Hōkūle‘a crew explores the Great Barrier Reef

Crew members of the iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a recently explored Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most complex ecosystems.

June 24, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday – Team building through Mālama Honua

KS Admissions Manager Hawea Aila shares his division's wa'a-themed team-building experience at the Marine Education Training Center.

June 10, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday: Hawaiʻi delegation shares youth declaration with native schools in Aotearoa

KS staffers join a Hawaiian-focused public charter school delegation to share the Indigenous Youth Declaration with Aotearoa schools, and to support Hōkūle‘a’s voyage to Australia.

May 20, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday – He lawai‘a no ke kai hohonu – A fisherman of the deep sea

KS Kapālama Hawaiian Language Kumu Hans Wilhelm shares the story of haumāna connecting to the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage through hands-on cultural activities.

May 13, 2015

From Waʻa to Classroom: Nainoa Thompson visits Kamehameha Schools

Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, recently engaged KS Kapālama High School science students in a two-hour conversation about the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

April 29, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday - Nānāimua, to look forward

KS partnership enables Nānākuli high schoolers to take college courses connecting them to Hawaiian culture through real world experiences. A recent field trip focused on the waʻa (canoe).

March 25, 2015

HI educators aboard Hikianalia are welcomed by thousands

KS faculty and students sail aboard voyaging canoe Hikianalia to build new partnerships with some of Aotearoa's most innovative educators.

March 18, 2015

Mālama Honua, Mālama ʻOhana

Mālama honua, mālama ʻohana – To care for island earth, to care for family... The March 20 KS Song Contest honors Hōkūleʻa and its voyage around the world. Freshman song leader ʻElia Akaka and his father KS Cultural Specialist Hauʻoli Akaka share their thoughts leading up to the big day.

March 11, 2015

Living Culture and Transforming Education

Read the Honolulu Star-Advertiser op-ed by KS Cultural Affairs VP Dr. Randie Kamuela Fong which speaks of the many ways Hawaiʻi’s students and teachers are engaging in and learning from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

March 11, 2015

KS Song Contest is inspired by Hōkūleʻa’s worldwide voyage

The 95th annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest on March 20 will honor Hōkūleʻa and its worldwide voyage with its theme: “He Moku, He Kanaka: Our Pacific Seafaring Heritage.”

March 04, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: Hōkūleʻa celebrates 40th anniversary of her first launch

Hōkūleʻa, the iconic canoe of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, will celebrate her 40th anniversary with events throughout 2015.

February 18, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday: Aotearoa experience transforms KS learners of today and tomorrow

The story continues about a journey taken by a delegation of KS students and staffers to Aotearoa, to reconnect with their ancestral Polynesian heritage.

January 28, 2015

Waʻa Wednesday: Staffers, students reenact history as part of Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

Read about the recent journey taken by a delegation of KS students and staffers to Aotearoa, to reconnect with their ancestral Polynesian heritage.

January 14, 2015

Wa‘a Wednesday: New Hikianalia sail plan will increase educational opportunities

Hōkūle‘a’s sister canoe Hikianalia will return to Hawaiʻi for a year as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage offering more educational engagement with the KS ‘ohana and the community.

October 17, 2014

More Mālama Honua resources are on the horizon

A new wave of educational resources centered on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is coming on Monday, Oct. 20.

October 06, 2014

Hōkūle‘a crewman shares voyaging stories with KSH keiki

KS Hawaiʻi first graders hear a firsthand account of what it’s like to be a crew member on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. [VIDEO]

August 26, 2014

KS launches new voyaging website

As a proud sponsor of the Mālama Honua Voyage, KS is offering exciting educational tools and services to engage the KS ‘ohana with the voyage through a special section of its Ka‘iwakīloumoku website.