Closing the Triangle


The Challenge


Rapa Nui Settlement

Rapa Nui Prehistory

Wind, Weather, Ocean Currents of the Pacific

Sailing Strategies

Geography, History, & Culture in the Eastern Pacific

Educational Curriculum for
Rapa Nui

Letter to Educators

History & Heritage

Virtual Voyage

I - Getting to know your Vessel
II - Sail Planning
III - Becoming a crewmember
IV - Provisioning the Vessel
V - Preparing for the Voyage

Research & Action Projects

I - Why We Explore
II - Meteorology of the Pacific
III - Naked-eye Astronomy
IV - Sealife
V - Geography, History, Culture

How to Track Hokulea

Vision & Exploration

Exploring the Night Sky

Star Charts for Hawaii

Our Sacred Earth

Malama Hawaii Projects

Northwestern Islands



Education is a vital part of our mission at the Polynesian Voyaging Society. By incorporating lessons learned through voyaging and exploration into educational programs, we are able to impact the present and future generations of Hawai`i. Just as the themes of stewardship and sustainability are necessary for sailing on a canoe, they are the same for living on an island. PVS brings these themes alive through educational and community-based programs.

In addition to training new navigators and voyagers, PVS continues to reach out to thousands of school children throughout the State with the message of respect for the land, ocean, others and oneself. PVS supports the vision of Malama Hawaii � that Hawai`i, our special island home, is a place where the people, land and sea are cared for and communities are healthy and safe.

In 2001, a dream was unveiled with the Ocean Learning Academy. This charter school program is a combined effort of several organizations including PVS, and is open to junior and seniors from public high schools on O`ahu. Students at the Ocean Learning Academy learn about Hawai`i�s cultural, social and natural environments through education and active ocean stewardship.