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.