PVS was founded in 1973 to research how Polynesian seafarers discovered and settled nearly every inhabitable island in the Pacific Ocean before European explorers arrived in the 16th century.
With a legacy of ocean exploration as its foundation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society reaffirms our commitment to undertake voyages of discovery; respect and learn from our heritage and culture; and strengthen learning which integrates voyaging experiences into quality education. We are committed to nurturing communities and the leadership therein which values learning and sharing knowledge in order to foster living well on islands.
Guided by our vision and shared values, we come together as an 'ohana and community. Our core values are:
Aloha: To love
Malama: To care for
'Imi 'Ike: To seek knowledge
Lokomaika'i: To share with each other
Na'au Pono: To nurture a deep sense of justice
Olakino Maika'i: To live healthy
To fulfill its mission, Malama Hawai'i has adopted goals in three areas: voyaging, education, and community partnerships.
Goal 1. Voyaging: Carry out voyaging programs to research and perpetuate voyaging traditions and values.
Goal 2. Education: Develop educational programs that strengthen self-esteem and pride in our history and heritage and increase caring, respect, and responsibility among individuals, families, and communities in sustaining the well-being of our special island home.
Goal 3. Community Partnerships: Share ideas and information and bring together organizations and people in cooperative efforts, with a common vision and values, to contribute to a healthy, safe future for Hawai'i.