The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration. PVS seeks 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, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.
Launched in 2013, the historic Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage covered more than 60,000 nautical miles, more than 150 ports, 23 countries and territories, and eight of UNESCO’S Marine World Heritage sites to engage local communities and practicing how to live sustainably. During the voyage, over 245 participating crew members, including more than 200 formal and informal educators helped to sail the vessel and connect with more than 100,000 people throughout the world in communities.
GLISPA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hawaii Green Growth focused on uplifting island solutions during the Mahalo, Hawaii Sail and future voyages, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge as a shared platform for action, communication and impact.