Nainoa Thompson featured in Distinguished Cultural Speaker Series

Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson is featured in the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa Distinguished Cultural Speaker Series. Thompson will share his mana‘o (thoughts) about the Polynesian Voyaging Society's (PVS) long envisioned World Wide Voyage, "E Mālama Hōnua" (Care for Earth) and how the Leeward CC ‘ohana can get involved in this history making kuleana.

image of Nainoa Thompson

PVS's World Wide Voyage, "E Mālama Hōnua" is a vision to sail the double-hull voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a, around the world to inspire other nations to care for Earth’s natural environment, children, and all humankind.

Thompson chose to speak to our campus because of our demonstrated commitment to Hawaiian Knowledge and to the Wai‘anae Coast communities. We encourage you to attend as our event will be Nainoa's last public large speaking engagement for the near future.

Nainoa Thompson, Master Navigator and Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), is one of Hawai‘i’s most recognized and respected leaders.  Best known for being the first Native Hawaiian to train in the art of non-instrument navigation under Micronesian master navigator Mau Piailug, Nainoa has dedicated the last 35 years, working with the founders of PVS, to revive an almost lost practice by sailing Hōkūle‘a and other Hawaiian voyaging canoes between Hawai‘i, Polynesia, Rapa Nui, Micronesia, and Japan. Most importantly, Nainoa's work with PVS volunteers has cultivated new generations of non-instrument navigators, both in Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific.

Thursday, December 1

presented by Leeward's Native Hawaiian Support Programs


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