About the Polynesian Voyaging Society:
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another and their natural and cultural environments.
The traditional Polynesian deep-sea voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa was built 40 years ago – the first of her kind built in 600 years. Since first setting out in the Pacific in 1975, Hōkūleʻa and her crew have inspired a revitalization of voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific. Through the traditional art and science of wayfinding–navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind–Hōkūleʻa sparked a Hawaiian cultural renaissance and has reawakened the world’s sense of pride and strength as voyagers charting a course for our Island Earth. Hōkūleʻa voyages without the use of modern instruments, using stars, winds and waves to navigate from destination to destination.
Hōkūle‘a will be stopping in Mt. Desert, as part of her leg through the New England area. This sail is part of a historic Worldwide Voyage covering more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations. During her Voyage, Hōkūleʻa and her crew meet with and honor Native American tribes and local communities in each region, teaching and learning about how people in communities around the world are protecting cultural and environmental resources. Weather permitting, the crew conducts community and educational outreach programs, including canoe tours to the public during each stop. Since the schedule is subject to change, the public is encouraged to visit www.hokulea.com.