HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - National Geographic has announced their 2017 Adventures of the Year honorees and among the ten stand Malama Honua, the worldwide voyage of the Hokulea.
"This is the 12th year that National Geographic has searched around the world for individuals who personify the adventurous spirit in unique ways," said Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic Adventure editorial director. "This year's honorees are extraordinary and inspiring people who push the boundaries of exploration."
Online voting for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year is now open and will run through Dec. 16, 2016.
Fans can go to National Geographic's website to vote every day for their favorite honoree. The adventurer with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be announced in January as the 2017 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year.
Other Adventure of the Year honorees include a cave diver who discovered the world's deepest underwater cave; a pair of journalists who embarked on a full-length hike through the Grand Canyon; a kayaker who completed the first solo descent of the 5,464-kilometer-long Yellow River in China; and a teenage rock climber who became the first female (and youngest person) to complete some of the hardest-rated boulder routes on Earth.
Nainoa Thompson, pwo navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, was also a 2016 recipient of the National Geographic Society's most prestigious award, the Hubbard medal.