Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Nook: Malama Honua - Hokule'a - A Voyage of Hope

After 3 years, the double-hulled canoe Hokule‘a has completed its Mlama Honua Worldwide Voyage—a 42,000-mile open-ocean journey around the world using only ancient Polynesian wayfinding techniques—and returned home to Hawaii.
Malama Honua = to care for the earth.
This September, Patagonia will release Malama Honua: Hokule’a – A Voyage Of Hope (Hardcover, $60) by Jennifer Allen, with photographs by John Bilderback.
From the launch in Hawai‘i in May 2014, around the world to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America, the book chronicles Hokule'a’s epic mission to raise awareness of and nurture worldwide sustainability. Interwoven with descriptions of Hokule'a’s experiences in port are the voices of the master navigators and crew members, who guide the ship along the ocean’s trackless path, and the local pioneers – scientists, teachers, and children touched by Hokule'a – who work tirelessly to weather the many environmental challenges in our modern lives. This is a story about our need to draw together into one global community. By respecting one another and nature’s delicate and intricate systems, this book captures the many ways indigenous cultures are committed to living in ecological balance.
Malama Honua: Hokule’a – A Voyage Of Hope is 320 pages long, with full-color photos throughout. Chapters highlight stops in:
  • Hawai’i
  • American Samoa
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • Cuba
  • New York
  • Galapagos
  • Rapa Nui
  • Tahiti
“The Worldwide Voyage of Malama Honua is a testimony to the human spirit—that human beings can be so courageous, that human beings can be so inventive that they are ready to sail around the world to share the message of the peace of sustainable living. It is a voyage of respect for each other, for our whole planet, and for all who live on it. The message is that we must care for each other and for all life on Earth, for it is only then that Earth can take care of us and our future generations.” —From the foreword by Desmond Tutu

I had a chance to view the book layout preview, and it really looks like a neat blend of photography and information, an inspiring and informative read.

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