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While on their Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, crew members take a moment to visit the birthplace of Charles Reed Bishop. Learn more about the voyage at

Wa'a Wednesday: Hōkūle'a crew visits birthplace of Charles Reed Bishop

Sept. 28, 2016

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Hōkūleʻa is currently on Leg 23 and transitioning to Leg 24 of its worldwide voyage, making its way from Montreal, Canada, back through the interior waterways of the United States, towards the East Coast.

While the Hōkūleʻa is currently in New York, members of the crew took a “land waʻa” trip to visit Glens Falls, NY, the birthplace of Charles Reed Bishop—a man who plays a very important role in Kamehameha Schools history.

Worldwide voyage crewmember and KSK ’10 alum, Kaʻai Mcafee-Torco filed a video update from Glens Falls and its special meaning to her as an alumni of Kamehameha Schools and in recognition of Kamehameha Schools’ support as the education sponsor of the Worldwide Voyage.

In recent weeks, the voyage has been able to share its message of Mālama Honua far and wide, with PVS president and master Navigator Nainoa Thompson presenting at this year's 2016 Our Ocean Conference, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Learning Center Director Miki Tomita was interviewed last week on Think Tech Hawai‘i, a digital media platform raising public awareness and promoting civic engagement in Hawai‘i.  Miki discussed how the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is impacting global climate change awareness and action. She shared some of the stories of hope from around the world, as the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s voyage touches people in New Zealand, Africa, Indonesia and most recently at the United Nations in New York and right here in Honolulu at the World Conservation Congress earlier this month.

The next leg of the Worldwide Voyage will take Hōkūleʻa back to the East Coast of the United States, where crew members will continue to engage with communities, sharing the message of Mālama Honua. KS Senior Program Manager Mark Ellis is on Leg 24 of the voyage, and is looking at multiple ways to connect the voyage back to the KS ʻohana. Place a comment below if you have any questions about the voyage or have anything you would like to know or see about Mālama Honua. You can also see and hear the update from Glens Falls in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in the video below.

Kamehameha Schools is proud to be the Education Sponsor of the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage. For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit or find the society on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+. To see more Wa‘a Wednesday stories and much more about the Mālama Honua Voyage, go to the KS Online Mālama Honua page(if you are on a KS Network) or see related articles below.

Hōkūle‘a Update in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

Hōkūleʻa crew member and KSK '10 alum Kaʻai Mcafee-Torco filed a special update from Glens Falls, NY--the birthplace of Charles Reed Bishop--in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Learn more about the voyage at

Hōkūleʻa crew member and KS Kapālama alum Kaʻai Mcafee-Torco provides an update from Glens Falls, NY--the birthplace of Charles Reed Bishop.

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