A Native Hawaiian Place of Learning for Voyagers of the World


“We Can’t Care For Something We Don’t Understand. This Is the Purpose of Why We Explore and Why We Voyage.”

Nainoa Thompson

Holomoana - Sail Plan

Ho’okele, meaning “to steer,” is also the term for navigator and voyager.  When we think about steering a wa’a kaulua (double-hulled canoe), what comes to mind is the hoe uli, the long steering paddle that guides the canoe along the ala kai, or “sea road.”  

Papahānaumokuākea is considered a sacred area, from which Native Hawaiians believe all life springs, and to which spirits return to after death.


The indigenous peoples of Alaska are collectively known as Alaska natives, which include over 20 unique cultural groups and distinct languages. 


The Doldrums is a popular nautical term that refers to the belt around the earth near the equator where sailing ships sometimes get stuck on windless waters.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia comprises 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over more than 1,200 miles (2,000 km) in the South Pacific Ocean. 

Kealaikahiki (Sea Road – Ala Kai)

Kealaikahiki is the name of an ancestral sea road that forms a heritage corridor connecting Hawaiʻi and the Kahiki Homeland.

Follow the Voyage

After many months in drydock, the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia canoes are strong, fast and ready for the many journeys ahead.