The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California is pleased to announce renowned navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson will be making a rare appearance in San Francisco to speak about the 40 year journey of rediscovering oceanic celestial navigation and how it has ignited a community of leaders, empowered our youth, and created a world-wide movement of global sustainability to preserve our planet Earth for generations to come.
The Hōkūle‘a, a historic traditional double-hulled canoe first launched in 1975, has sailed over 150,000 nautical miles over the past four decades, reuniting the people of the Pacific, and bringing a sense of pride and responsibility to island people.
For many, Hōkūle‘a represents the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian culture, and a way to highlight stories of hope from various cities and countries across the globe. Hōkūle‘a’s master navigators practice the ancient art of wayfinding—using natural elements like the stars, winds, ocean swells, and wildlife—to navigate through both familiar and unchartered oceans. Crewmembers on Hōkūle‘a‘s current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage are sailing around the world to explore how people and communities are working together for a sustainable planet earth.