Polynesian Voyaging Society gets $500K donation

HONOLULU (AP) - The Polynesian Voyaging Society is getting a half-million dollar donation from a hotel operator and a hotel owner.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts are presenting the gift in support of the voyaging society's upcoming worldwide expedition.

The gift consists of $250,000 in cash and $250,000 of in-kind support and fundraising efforts.

Starwood will help the society with several fundraising initiatives. It will also incorporate their education elements into children's programs and in-room educational materials at all 11 Starwood Hawaii properties.

Starwood and Kyo-ya said Monday the gift will be made over the next five years through 2018.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973. It seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging.

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