The TED-Ed lesson video on Polynesian wayfinding has been viewed over two million times on the TED-Ed Facebook and YouTube channels.
This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary since Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa officially returned home, completing her Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The historic circumnavigationwas tremendously inspirational and the impact from what was accomplished is still felt today, with the waʻa still sailing around the pae ʻāina on a Mahalo, Hawaiʻi sail.
Kamehameha Schools Senior Instructional Technology Specialist Alan Tamayose was inspired by the voyage and using newfound connections, saw an opportunity to extend learning to a wider audience.
“I was blessed to be a part of the TED-Ed Innovative Educators cohort this past school year,” shared Tamayose. “Having met the animators at TED HQ in New York, I saw the potential and reach of this platform. At the time, the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage was taking place and Disney’s Moana was all the rage.
“The timing was right.”
Tamayose collaborated with Hōkūleʻa crew member and KS Kapālama Dormitory Advisor Shantell De Silva. Together, they worked on a script with a team from TED-Ed (a writer, a voice actor, and an animator.) The entire process took about six months.
“I am pleased (and relieved) that the TED-Ed lesson has been well-received,” said Tamayose. “It was an opportunity to introduce a Hawaiian culture-based lesson to the world.
“I am proud that this lesson shared ʻōlelo and connected a global community of learners to the Hōkūleʻa. My hope is that the lesson will help to tell the story of the indigenous wisdom and ’moonshot’ achievements of our ancestors.”