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Purpose & Goals


Click on the image above to go to the Polynesian Voyaging Society website to learn more about the Moananuiākea voyage.

Overview:  A 43,000 nautical miles, 47-month circumnavigation of the Pacific by traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia and 400 crew to 36 countries and archipelagoes, nearly 100 indigenous territories, and 345 ports.

Purpose:  To ignite a movement of 10 million “planetary navigators” who will pursue critical and inspiring “voyages” to ensure a better future for the earth. We do so by developing young leaders and engaging communities around the world while amplifying the vital importance of our oceans, nature, science and indigenous wisdom. PVS and Pacific voyaging leadership are identifying important cultural, educational and environmental sites to visit during the Voyage. Each leg will have a specific purpose and lead to our ultimate goal of connecting Pacific communities for collective action around common challenges and a shared sustainable destiny.

Desired Outcome:  “To get people to care for and make better choices for the earth”



REGIONAL SAIL PLAN (Subject to change)Hawaiian Hokule'a canoe makes it round the world - BBC News

  • June to September 2023: Alaska to British Columbia
  • September to November 2023: West Coast of the United States
  • November 2023 to February 2024: Mexico, Central America, South America
  • February to March 2024: Galapagos to Rapa Nui
  • March to April 2024: Pitcairn Islands, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotus
  • April to December 2024: Tahiti, Austral Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga
  • December 2024 to May 2025: New Zealand
  • May to December 2025: Melanesia and Micronesia
  • December 2025 to March 2026: Palau
  • March to September 2026: Philippines, China, Taiwan, Okinawa, Japan, South Korea, Hokkaido, Russia
  • September to December 2026: Japan, Los Angeles (ship), Hawai‘i
  • Spring 2027– Tahiti