Hawaii lawmakers honored the crew of the Hokulea Monday as they prepare to leave for the international part of a worldwide voyage.
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State senators lauded the accomplishments of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe and what it means to the people of Hawaii. They commended navigator Nainoa Thompson for the work he has put into voyaging and education.
The voyage is called Malama Honua; meaning to care for the world.
Following the senate honor, Thompson shared with us the importance of this voyage.
"This is an island issue. This whole thing about the earth is surrounded by an ocean of space and it's the only one we got. It's time to rethink our world view and start to invoke our values of caring for this place," said Hokulea Navigator Nainoa Thompson. "I think the canoe can help with that."
As the canoe docks at dozens of ports around the world, crew members will share their concerns about the environment and ocean with people from other countries.