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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.

April 13, 2014: Cutting Cake with Jane Goodall, Saving Sparrows with Photography and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 - Dr. Jane Goodall pioneered studies that sought to understand…

The Little Dodo of Samoa

The Mauritian dodo is the iconic emblem for both island conservation and extinction, sadly one of the birds lost from the Mascarene archipelago. One might often wonder how this strange bird could have originally been descended from a pigeon, but in Samoa we find the tooth-billed pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris), otherwise known as the little dodo,…

Massive Starfish Die-Off Baffles Scientists

The waters off British Columbia are littered with dead starfish, and researchers have no idea what’s causing it.

September 8, 2013: Paddling Through Russia’s Remotest Rivers, Playing Matchmaker for Rhinos, and More

Join us this week, as we paddle 3,000 miles through the remotest rivers in Mongolia and Russia, try to help in Syria’s civil war by starting a children’s camp for refugees, create a dating game for rhinos, film Africa’s disappearing megafauna, and ride hogs across the United States.

June 23, 2013: Brokering Peace for Elephants, Surfing Down the Baja Coast, and More

This weekend, we learn about how National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay made peace between rebel leaders and forest elephants in Central African Republic, we carry water on our back for a 1,000-mile trek down Mexico’s Baja California Coast, and we ride Europe’s rails in comfort.

World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Protects Cook Islanders’ ‘Guardians’

The Cook Islands established the world’s largest continuous shark sanctuary last month, enforcing heavy fines on violators who are found with any part of a shark on board their vessel in the 1.997 million sq. km (771,000 sq. miles) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The sanctuary protects all sharks from targeted fishing and aims to prevent possession, sale, and…

Cyclone Season = Change of Plans

The Climate Challenger Voyage is a community initiative inspired by The Nature Conservancy’s Manuai Matawai, who dreamed of building a traditional long voyage canoe and sailing around the Pacific to connect communities grappling with climate change through culture and conservation Two years later, Manuai and nine other crew members—members of the Titan tribe of Papua New Guinea—are…