Oct 20, 2017 4:42 pm Pacific/Honolulu


Kyo-ya and Starwood Pledge $500,000 to Polynesian Voyaging Society

Hokulea. Painting by Herb Kawainui Kane. From http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/ike/kalai_waa/hokulea_photo_gallery.html. As part of their efforts to strengthen tourism through education and appreciation of Hawaiian culture, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced a joint $500,000 makana (gift) to the Polynesian Voyaging Society's worldwide expedition.

The Hokule’a (Star of Gladness), which is a doubled hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe, launched the Hawaii leg of its worldwide voyage in June of 2013 and is preparing for the next year’s global journey to promote preservation of native cultures, earth sustainability and education of Hawaii culture to future generations.

The Malama Honua (caring for earth) worldwide voyage spans nearly four years, 46,000 miles and includes visits to 21 countries with 65 currently planned landfalls. Hokule’a will serve as a floating classroom with minimal amenities and green technologies.

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