The Polynesian Voyaging Society has been awarded a five-year, $250,000 grant from Hawaiian Electric Industries and its related companies to support Malama Honua (care for the Earth), an around-the-world voyage by long-distance canoes Hokuleʻa and Hikianalia.

According to a press release, “HEI’s grant will help to document the voyage and collect, interpret and share scientific and cultural data for a global audience. While Hokuleʻa is the traditionally navigated voyaging canoe using ancestral knowledge and signs of nature to navigate the ocean, Hikianalia is the ecologically friendly and high-tech support canoe powered by photovoltaic panels, electric motors and sails with satellite communications capability. The two vessels will bridge culture, tradition and indigenous knowledge with modern technology while they serve as platforms for exploration, communication and connection.”

Read Civil Beat’s Aina, Lewa, Kai: A Vision for Healing the World.

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Photo: (From left) Jenna Ishii (PVS), Nainoa Thompson (PVS), Rich Wacker (American Savings Bank), Connie Lau (HEI), Dick Rosenblum (Hawaiian Electric) and Clyde Namuo (PVS). (‘Oiwi TV)

—Chad Blair