“Today we find ourselves facing some of the most challenging threats we’ve ever faced. From this global pandemic to burning forests, emptying oceans, melting glaciers, rising seas, and storms that will change both the Earth and humanity,” says Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the group in charge of the Hōkūle‘a project, and a Pwo, or master, navigator. “With the Moananuiākea Voyage, we feel the urgency to seek out and connect a new generation of bold, brilliant and caring leaders around the world who can chart a course for a flourishing future for Hawaii, the Pacific and the Earth.”
Designed by our late friend, sailor and multihull designer James Wharram, the two traditional sailing catamarans will embark on a 41,000 nm, 42 month circumnavigation of the Pacific. The goal of the voyage? To study the impact of our deteriorating environment on the indigenous people.