This is the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s website dedicated to articling the legacy of voyaging and exploration of the Pacific Ocean. They offer a learning center with resources and educational tools. One canoe that is highlighted on the website is the Hokule’a, a vessel that was first built and launched in the 1970’s to travel the ocean and bring people together to represent and protect values and a sense of place. At the current time, Hokule’a is in Australia until June 5, 2015.
This is one area that really interests me. I have recently come to know voyagers on Hōkūleʻa, a sailing canoe built on traditions of Hawaiian boat building culture.
To me, this project highlights some of the best ways that education and technology can work with an indigenous culture to express themselves, as well as build bridges to other cultures. The inclusive element of such a project is important as well. They share their worldview with others, and look to build connections in order to nurture conservation and environmentally sounds attitudes. This boat is coming to Bali in August, and I am exciting to visit them and meet the crew.