Worldwide Voyage

Mālama Honua: A School’s Voyage

Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokule`a and Hikianalia will sail 48,000 miles, touch the shores of 26 countries, and dock in 85 ports over the next four years. Punahou School is playing a significant role in supporting and promoting the educational component of the journey, and is uniquely connected to the voyage with many Punahou community members as key participants.

Student Learning

Punahou faculty work to envision the canoes and the Worldwide Voyage as an extension of the classroom and incorporate 21st-century skills and qualities – integrating the possibility of all content areas and technology – while deepening the global perspective of students.


“The mind of the navigator in a canoe mirrors the 21st-century skills students will need – to be a critical, compassionate thinker, to know how to communicate with eloquence and soul, and to have a global perspective,” says, Punahou President Jim Scott ’70.

Wa`a Connections

During the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, the waʻa kaulua Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia act as “floating classrooms” sharing indigenous knowledge, ocean connections and global lessons. Using 21st-century technology, students connect to the mission, values and objectives of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the values of voyaging to themselves, classrooms and communities.

See archived Wa`a Connection summaries and videos

Professional Development

Punahou teachers engage in professional development through workshops, sailing trips, Wa`a Connections and a collaborative set of training offered by the Mālama Honua Educational Leadership Team and led by Punahou, Kamehameha Schools and Hawai'i Department of Education.


Mālama Kumu: Worldwide Voyage Travel

This program connects Punahou educators with educators in the ports visited during the Worldwide Voyage. These small teacher trips of 4 – 6 people will provide educators from Punahou, in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society, the opportunity to offer dockside lessons to local students, as well as to experience the educational and cultural realities of the region. Trips include opportunities for the educators to facilitate meaningful real-time connections back to their classes at Punahou. An essential outcome of these trips will be the professional relationships that Punahou teachers will build with educators in other parts of the world.



  • San Francisco G-Term: Alumni Gathering

    Noah '17
    January 6, 2017

    Our arrival at the Bay Club, a luxury fitness and lifestyle center, marked our final performance of the trip. Surprisingly, this unlikely location brought out our most exuberant audience thus far ...