Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, received a major honor from the National Geographic Society this week.

The Hubbard Medal, identified as the “oldest and most prestigious” honor from the society, goes to Thompson for his “outstanding contributions to scientific research, exploration and conservation.”

Nainoa Thompson speaks to hundreds gathered to greet Hokulea at New York City’s North Cove Pier. 5 june 2016
Nainoa Thompson speaks to hundreds gathered to greet Hokulea at New York City’s North Cove Marina, June 5, 2016. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The press release says: “A master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating known as wayfinding, Thompson revived the ancient practice while advocating for ocean conservation and a sustainable future for our planet.”

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