Hōkūle‘a, Star of Gladness, was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to explore traditional Polynesian sailing methods // (c) Polynesian Voyaging Society
Hōkūle‘a, Star of Gladness, was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to explore traditional Polynesian sailing methods // (c) Polynesian Voyaging Society

Imagine discovering and settling small islands spread across 10 million square miles of ocean, all without navigational instruments, GPS or any modern technology.

H?k?le‘a, Star of Gladness, was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to explore traditional Polynesian sailing methods // (c) Polynesian Voyaging Society
H?k?le‘a, Star of Gladness, was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to explore traditional Polynesian sailing methods // (c) Polynesian Voyaging Society

In 1973, the Polynesian Voyaging Society began building a replica of an ancient double-hulled voyaging canoe to conduct an experimental voyage from Hawai‘i to Tahiti in order to retrace the footsteps of the earliest Polynesian voyagers. The canoe was designed by founder Herb Kawainui K?ne and named H?k?le‘a, Star of Gladness. Today, the PVS perpetuates the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through hands-on educational programs that inspire students and travelers and teaches tem to respect and care for themselves, one other, and their natural and cultural environments.

Outrigger Enterprises Group has pledged to provide more than $500,000 worth of support to further the mission of the PVS Worldwide Voyage through various fundraising efforts, cross marketing and global hosting at Outrigger hotels and resorts throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

“Outrigger Enterprises Group has been a longtime supporter of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its values align with our guiding principles, which include perpetuating our culture, protecting our planet, and instilling these values in the next generation,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and navigator of the voyaging canoe H?k?le`a.

The iconic sailing canoe H?k?le`a, along with sister ship Hikianalia, plan to travel to more buy aciphex online cheap than 20 countries and 60 ports of call during a five-year Worldwide Voyage. As a sponsor of the voyage, Outrigger will offer accommodations for the crew and provide educational opportunities and activities for the community to participate in at various Outrigger properties in Fiji, Australia, Bali and its newest location in the Indian Ocean, Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa – a five-star beachfront resort at Bel Ombre on the island nation of Mauritius set to open in early 2014.

“We are honored to partner with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and help support its Worldwide Voyage mission of navigating toward a healthy and sustainable future,” said Charles R. Kelly, chairman of the board for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “As a Hawaii-based company charting our own global expansion, Outrigger is mindful to be authentic ambassadors of aloha while also being sensitive to local cultures and customs – a management and hospitality process we call Ke Ano Waa or The Outrigger Way, that was initially shaped by the late Hawaiian scholar, Dr. George Kanahele, nearly 20 years ago.”

The Polynesia n Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage began in June 2013 with H?k?le`a and Hikianalia sailing between the Hawaiian islands through October 2013 to establish Malama Honua (Taking Care of Island Earth) at home and to connect with local communities before leaving for the South Pacific in May 2014 on the first international leg of the Worldwide Voyage.

To follow this historic journey online, visit www.Outrigger.com/Hokulea.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS)
www.hokulea.org

Outrigger Enterprises Group
www.outrigger.com