HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) today launched a special online crowdfunding campaign in partnership with musician Jack Johnson. The campaign, which is now live at
, offers users a chance to download the song “Na Ho‘okele Opoipio (The Young Navigators),” which was written by Chucky Boy Chock and recorded with Johnson and Paula Fuga in honor of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
“The Polynesian discovery of islands throughout the Pacific Ocean was one of humanity's most amazing achievements,” said Jack Johnson, songwriter and musician. “With the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, we have a new generation of navigators exploring the earth and bringing people together to find a sustainable future. We are proud to support them with this song, “Na Ho?okele Opiopio,” which means, “The Young Navigators."
Cultivating and nurturing the next generation of navigators is a key focus for the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, which seeks to educate people and communities around the world about the values of traditional wayfinding (non-instrument navigation) and the importance of caring for our Island Earth.
“We are grateful to Jack Johnson, Chucky Boy, and Paula for honoring our next generation of navigators,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “Across the globe, there are young people with the courage to set a new course and protect our natural environment. They are our leaders and navigators, whether they are on canoes or not, and we hope this campaign will provide a way for more people to join our voyage.”
All proceeds from the RallySong campaign will benefit PVS and the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. In addition to purchasing and downloading the song, fans can also purchase collector's items and enter a raffle for a chance to win grand prizes such as an ukulele autographed by Jack Johnson and a Papa He‘e Nalu (small wood surfboard), crafted with mahogany wood from the deckboards of the Hokule?a. The campaign runs through April 25, 2015 and seeks to meet a fundraising goal of $75,000.
“This fundraiser comes at a critical juncture for PVS and the Worldwide Voyage, as we prepare to leave the Pacific for the first time,” said Clyde Namu?o, PVS Chief Executive Officer. “In 2015 we will be traveling from New Zealand to Australia and South Africa, and every contribution from our community will make it possible for us to complete this historic leg of our journey around the world.”
Hokule?a, a traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, is celebrating 40 years this year since her first launch from the sacred shores of Hakipu‘u-Kualoa in Kane‘ohe Bay, O'ahu, on March 8, 1975. The iconic canoe helped contribute to a significant generation of renewal for Hawaiian culture and language, and revitalized voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific Ocean.
The Hawaiian name for this journey, Malama Honua, means “to care for our Island Earth” and is taking Hokule?a and her sister canoe Hikianalia across Earth's oceans to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, 26 nations, including 12 of UNESCO's Marine World Heritage sites, through June 2017. The canoes are currently in Aotearoa, New Zealand.