May 2, 2004 the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hokule'a departed from Sand
Island, O'ahu for a month long voyage to the NWHI. The purpose of the
voyage was to motivate people to change their values, attitudes and
behaviors in order to take better care of our island and marine environments.
The voyage was also part of a multi-year educational effort entitled
Navigating Change that hopes to empower and inspire the people of Hawai'i
to be better stewards of our island home.
to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Hokule'a intended to use the still
wild ecosystems of the NWHI to show the people of Hawai'i a vision
of what the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Hawai'i once were.
This vision, it is hoped, will inspire the people of Hawai'i to
help in restoring environments in the main Hawaiian Islands.
voyage teleconferences between the canoe and school rooms throughout
the country, and American Samoa brought the voyage home and allowed
students to experience a glimpse of the NWHI. Hawai'i Standards based
curriculum for grades 4-5, as well as accompanying videos are available
will be directed to a non-NOAA website).