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Hōkūle’a: Crew Training

With all the excitement of Worldwide Voyage being highlighted, it’s easy to forget that 90 percent of a successful voyage happens not in the implementation, but rather, in the preparation. Before ever stepping onto Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia, prospective crew members must undergo intensive training to ensure that they are adequately prepared for sailing in the deep sea.

Hōkūle’a: French Polynesia’s Gift to the World

As the crews for the second leg of the Worldwide Voyage (WWV) make their way across the South Pacific, they have connected with numerous island communities in French Polynesia. These communities have embraced the mission of the voyage and took it upon themselves to contribute to the message of Mālama Honua in a way that none of the crew members could have expected.

A Tahitian Welcome for the Worldwide Voyage

The Worldwide Voyage received a colorful and memorable welcome to Tahiti, which Hōkūle‘a crew member Ana Yawaramai writes about from her own perspective.

Worldwide Voyage Photos From Tautira: One Ocean, One Family

The Worldwide Voyage is about more than just traditional knowledge or sailing the Pacific in canoes. Through this voyage, many peoples are connected, and awareness for the Earth’s incredible oceans is brought into sharp focus.

Q&A—Hōkūle‘a Crew Members Answer Questions from NG Staff

Daniel Lin is following the thrilling adventures and historic undertaking of Hōkūle’a's voyage around the world. With the Worldwide Voyage well under way, crew members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society took a minute to reflect with Daniel and answer some of the questions that National Geographic staff had for them.

Hōkūle’a: Pulling Tahiti out of the Sea

Daniel Lin is following the thrilling adventures and historic undertaking of Hōkūle’a's voyage around the world. Here, the Polynesian Voyaging Society successfully makes their first landfall on the Worldwide Voyage in Tahiti and are greeted by the beautiful sights, sounds, and smiles of French Polynesia.

Worldwide Voyage: Photos from Week Two

After months of anticipation and years of preparation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its two canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, finally set off from their home on O’ahu for their voyage around the world! Follow Daniel Lin as he brings us the feelings, sights, sounds and thrilling adventures of this historic undertaking.

Live Update From Aboard Hōkūleʻa—Week One

Watch as young crew members, Jenna and Austin, talk about their experiences with navigation, squalls, seasickness, and canoe life in general.

Hōkūleʻa: The Journey Begins

After months of anticipation and years of preparation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its two canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, finally set off from their home on O’ahu for their voyage around the world! People from all over the world gathered to witness the event (including a few notable National Geographic Explorers). Read on to experience the sights and sounds of the long-awaited launch!

Hōkūle‘a’s Final Preparations: Photo Gallery

With only a few days left before the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia begin their journey around the world, the community and crew make their final preparations.

Hōkūle’a: The Crown Jewels of Our Oceans

With 3 weeks to go before Hōkūle’a leaves Hawaii for her epic sail around the world, we turn our focus to one of the major themes of this voyage–ocean conservation–and the UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites where it happens.

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.

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.