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Daniel works and travels extensively throughout the Pacific region, where he interacts with government officials, community leaders, educators, and youth to address issues surrounding climate change, education, culture, and sustainability. Raised on the east coast of the US, Daniel "escaped" to Polynesia after college and worked in the outer islands of American Samoa, the place where his love and passion for the Pacific was first established. Since then, he has dedicated his young career to the Pacific region. It is his firm belief that photography and storytelling are two of the most powerful ways to get people to care about the world and all of its inhabitants.

Hōkūle‘a: The Dangers of Sailing Around the World

With only two months left before Hōkūle‘a leaves Hawai’i to sail around the world, crew members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society are rigorously training and planning for the challenges that lay ahead to ensure that this voyage will be safe and successful.

After Haiyan: School Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in the Philippines

In response to the increasingly tumultuous climate scenario, schools all over the Asia Pacific region are making efforts to create procedures and mechanisms to best prepare them for when natural disasters occur. Last month, I traveled to the Philippines to attend the Experts’ Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific hosted by UNESCO and…

Hōkūle‘a: The Art of Wayfinding (Interview With a Master Navigator)

Chad Kālepa Baybayan discusses what’s it like to sail through the Pacific without GPS, compass, or anything other than your own knowledge of nature.

Hōkūle‘a – Getting Ready for the Voyage of a Lifetime

The Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawai’i is preparing to set sail around the world aboard two traditionally designed voyaging canoes. Read more to learn: what the voyage is about, where we plan to sail to, and why we are going.

Traditional Skills to Confront Tomorrow’s Challenges

How a small group of Pacific Islanders are working to preserve one of their most valuable assets.

Renowned Voyaging Canoe Embarks on Its Greatest Journey Yet

This week, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and its voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, will set sail for its grandest voyage to date – a four year journey around the world. Just like the voyages before this one, the crew of Hōkūle’a will stay true to the traditional Polynesian way of voyaging by using only their natural surroundings to guide their way.