Sailing together : Hōkūle‘a and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage all the Way to The United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) Apia, Samoa, 1 to 4 September 2014

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] love sailing and sailing on traditional boats is a great privilege..

How is the UNSIDS conference so different. You have to know this.

“If we view our Earth as an island it becomes apparent that we must change course to ensure a healthy, sustainable world.” Nainoa Thompson, Master Navigator of the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia crew, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Member of the Ocean Elders.

In May 2014, as we celebrated the International Day of Island Biodiversity and International Year of Small Island Developing States, the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe — Hōkūle‘a, and Hikianalia — her sister voyaging canoe,  set sail on a three-year voyage around the world to charter a new course for a resilient and sustainable future for our islands, oceans and the planet.

The voyage, led by Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson and a new generation of navigators, used only the signs of the waves, winds and stars to find their way to the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) in Samoa in September 2014. These courageous navigators will bring the stories of our worlds islands and oceans to inspire leaders to take action for a sustainable and resilient future. The Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia crew will carry this message to more than 25 countries during its 47,000 nautical-mile voyage crossing 12 Marine World Heritage Sites.

And now the voyage is there… exclusive group of leaders are already sailing together with the United Nations Secretary General on Hōkūle‘a to celebrate both an inspirational island voyage and the efforts of SIDS. You have to be tuned to this ..lets go sailing …

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