The Borobudur Temple Ship: Bringing a Memory Back to Life

Preserved in the delicate carvings of the temple’s stone, a ship serves as inspiration to revive deep cultural memories and pride.

Dying Wishes From One of the Last Remaining Micronesian Master Navigators

The sacred knowledge of navigating by the stars has been passed down for many generations in Micronesia. Today, with the convenience of modern instruments and technology, only a handful of people still retain this precious knowledge. These “Master Navigators” exist within a paradox where convenience often trumps custom and the gap between traditional and modern grows exponential wider with time. Nearing the end of his life, one Master Navigator has an important message for all those who are willing to listen…

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Every two years, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival in Australia brings together people for a spectacle of sights, sounds, and dust.

Protecting the Sea, Strengthening People, and Nursing Sea Turtles Back to Health

“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 Foundations of our Forests

Louise Egerton-Warburton, Ph.D. Conservation Scientist, Soil and Microbial Ecology, Chicago Botanic Garden Characterized by warm temperatures, high rainfall and a 365-day growing season, tropical rainforests are an unparalleled display of biodiversity. These impressive and unique ecosystems provide resources we need – from shelter to medicines to food – while releasing oxygen, cycling and filtering water, and…

Biking With Fresh Air, the Open Road, and an Awful Lot of Roadkill

Julie Hotz is biking from L.A. to Montana, then hiking to the Pacific Coast, recording every bit of roadkill she sees. It’s important information, and it doesn’t come free.

Taking the Worldwide Voyage Underwater in Australia

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.

Braving the Tasman Sea on a Hawaiian Canoe

For the first time in her 40-year history, the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa departs Polynesia into the Tasman Sea and on toward Australia.

Inspiring Words From an Award-Winning Hawaiian Navigator

“There are people saying that going around the world on Hōkūleʻa is too dangerous; there is too much risk. The great risk of our time is not sailing Hōkūleʻa. The great risk of our time is ignorance, apathy, and inaction.”

Hawaiian Canoe Hōkūleʻa Sets Sail for Sydney Guided by Ancient Navigation

Hawaii’s iconic voyaging canoe ventures outside of the Pacific Ocean for the first time as the Worldwide Voyage continues on to new horizons.

Creating a ‘Lei of Hope’ for the World’s Oceans

Oceans are not too big to fail, says National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle. Can one boat’s journey send that message?

Messing Around in Boats in Quest of Endangered Trees

“Believe me my young friend, There is nothing absolutely nothing worth half so much doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Graham, Wind in the Willows Our team is waiting, while someone else is doing the messing about with our boat, and it does not half feel worth it. Our team of botanists, ecologists,wildlife…

Happy 40th Birthday to Hōkūleʻa, the Canoe That Revived a Culture

When Hōkūleʻa entered the water for the first time in Kualoa 40 years ago, it was the beginning of a sail plan that has spanned generations and taken us on a 150,000-nautical-mile journey to reconnect the Pacific Ocean family that shares a common history of voyaging and exploration.

Seeing a 600-Year-Old Voyaging Canoe Up Close

Having reached New Zealand using the same techniques as their ancestors, modern Polynesian voyagers pay a visit to a fascinating artifact.

Hawaiian Navigators Among the Māori

By Captain and Pwo Navigator, Kālepa Baybayan It’s 9 a.m. and most of the crew of Hōkūleʻa, our 62-foot, deep-sea Polynesian voyaging canoe on a multi-year journey around the world, is still asleep. It’s amazing how exhausting sea travel can be. The hours of standing watch break down your natural rhythm of work-sleep cycles. The past two…