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A new digital platform launched by the Polynesian Voyaging Society will allow viewers to follow voyages and learn daily lessons about navigation, culture and history.

Waahonua.com (Wa’a Honua means “Canoe for the Earth”) will follow the iconic voyage canoe Hokule’a and sister canoe Hikianalia, which departed Hilo for Tahiti on Monday as part of the Kealaikahiki voyage. It will also follow the canoes of the Moananuiakea voyage as they circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean starting next year.

The virtual platform will grow in size and scope as canoes connect with people around the world, according to a Polynesian Voyaging Society press release on Monday.

Created for the general public and learners of all ages, it will feature video stories, articles and educational resources focused on developing “browser mindset” according to a press release. Content will be produced by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and also curated by educational and research partners including Kamehameha Schools, Arizona State University, University of Hawaii, and the Bishop Museum.

Daily followers will find new stories highlighting the genealogy of Hokule’a, its founders, and the early journeys connecting the people and places that sparked the Hawaiian cultural renaissance; conversations with anthropologists, archaeologists and scientists on cultural evolution and natural systems; and navigation and crew updates as the canoes sail to and from Tahiti, and, eventually, around the Pacific Ocean.

The site also features navigation lessons, learning resources and games available on the new Kamehameha Schools Holomoana website for teachers and students, as well as heritage lessons related to Kealaikahiki’s voyage and developed by the KS Ka’iwakiloumoku Pacific Indigenous Institute.

Additional features under development for waahonua.com include virtual expeditions, livestreams, and moderated discussions.

“Our hope is that waahonua.com will become a digital global hub that carries the critical cargo of our community’s values, lessons, and stories, and connects all of the partners and people who are part of our greater Malama Honua journey and movement. , no matter where they are in the world,” said Nainoa Thompson, navigator and chief executive of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.




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