Polynesian Voyaging Society
Indigenous Wisdom and Ingenuity for Ocean Navigation
In 1975, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) launched Hōkūle’a, a double-hulled sailing canoe, a replica of a traditional Polynesian deep sea vessel, built to debunk common theory that the Hawaiian archipelago was discovered by chance and prove that Polynesians traversed the vast Pacific purposefully, using elements of nature such as the sun, clouds, currents, and bird migrations to set waypoints in ocean navigation.
PVS will engage student navigators in “storm training” and the ancient science of non-instrument, wayfinding navigation by sailing through the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel between the Islands of Maui and Hawai’i in preparation for the Moananuiākea sail, crossing the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Hawaii in 2022.
The goal is to preserve ancient Indigenous wisdom of non-instrument wayfinding navigation relying only on nature and native ingenuity to explore the open ocean. While visiting remote lands throughout the Pacific route, this project aims to galvanize attention to specific climate change issues and inspire action for ocean protection.
About Polynesian Voyaging Society
Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.
Header image credit: Nāʻālehu Anthony