VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
Every two years, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival in Australia brings together people for a spectacle of sights, sounds, and dust.
“It’s not just about protecting our land and sea. What we do also strengthens our people to stand up and stand together. That’s the biggest thing for us.”
The Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1,400 miles and is considered one of the best-preserved marine sites on Earth. Naturally, we needed to see this for ourselves. We needed to take the voyage underwater.
The Micronesian island of Yap banned the use of plastic bags to protect the local environment—and discovered additional benefits along the way.
After several exciting weeks of traversing the Northland of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and interacting with incredible communities all throughout, our leg of the Worldwide Voyage finally concluded with a sail into Auckland, the capital city, and a day of ceremonies.
It’s been two weeks since arriving in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to continue the Worldwide Voyage, which on this leg is inside New Zealand itself! One of our stops was the Waipoua Forest along the Hokianga coast to see the mighty kauri trees that lived therein.
After almost six months since departing from Hawai‘i, the Worldwide Voyage arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to a Maori welcoming ceremony that was not only stunning to see, but historical as well.
This particular leg of the voyage, starting in Samoa and ending in New Zealand, is deeply significant because it follows the path of ancient Polynesian voyagers through the Kermadec Islands. Today, it is one of the most species-rich migration routes in the Pacific.
The true success of the Worldwide Voyage will not be measured by how many miles Hōkūle’a has sailed but by how many people, especially youth, grow to become better stewards of the Earth.
Daniel Lin—Hōkūle’a crewmember, explorer, and photographer—reflects on one of the most important lessons he has learned while sailing on the Worldwide Voyage.
Getting days off is a rarity on the Worldwide Voyage. When we get the opportunity to plan an excursion, we try to make the most of it! This was how some crew members spent our day off after the UN Conference in Samoa.
A reflection on the impact of the Worldwide Voyage and the meaning it holds for different people during the UN Small Islands Developing States Conference in Samoa.
Daniel Lin and Dr. Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence) team up to write about their experience of greeting Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia in American Samoa, and to reflect on the health of the ocean there.
With all the excitement of Worldwide Voyage being highlighted, it’s easy to forget that 90 percent of a successful voyage happens not in the implementation, but rather, in the preparation. Before ever stepping onto Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia, prospective crew members must undergo intensive training to ensure that they are adequately prepared for sailing in the deep sea.
As the crews for the second leg of the Worldwide Voyage (WWV) make their way across the South Pacific, they have connected with numerous island communities in French Polynesia. These communities have embraced the mission of the voyage and took it upon themselves to contribute to the message of Mālama Honua in a way that none of the crew members could have expected.