Jul 27, 2017 2:44 pm Pacific/Honolulu

Polynesian Voyaging Society

On November 25, 2013, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced a joint $500,000 makana (gift) to the Polynesian Voyaging Society's worldwide expedition. The gift consists of $250,000 cash contribution and another $250,000 contribution through in-kind support and individual fundraising efforts. The partnership and support is to span five years, culminating in a total of $500,000 in support to the organization by 2018.

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.

Hokule’a, which set sail on her first voyage to Tahiti from Hawaii in 1976, reawakened the Native Hawaiian culture by embracing its seafaring heritage around the Pacific. Malama Honua (caring for earth), the 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.

As part of Kyo-ya's in-kind contribution, the company will assist the Polynesian Voyaging Society with several fundraising initiatives and will incorporate education elements into keiki programs and in-room educational materials at each of its Hawaii properties.