The mission of the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is to develop scientific, economic and ecologically sustainable models and practices that would:
Restore and improve the Hawaiian forest, to land it occupied in the past,
Allow landowners to profitably establish and maintain permanent forests on these lands,
Protect our native flora and fauna,
Sequester carbon and other eco-assets,
Educate and entrain the general public into being part of the solution,
Recharge our watersheds,
Allow individuals and businesses an opportunity to help their favorite charities through the planting of trees,
Accomplish the mission in a way that enhances the understanding of the relationship of Hawaiian cultural practices to the natural resources of the endemic Hawaiian forest,
Develop new utilization methods that advance the use and economics of native Hawaiian woods,
Develop new technologies that allow more practical management of the forest,
Mission: Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experimental educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves each other, and their natural and cultural environments.
The world map below represents the 60,000 miles that the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Hokule'a sailed over the past three years, visiting more than 23 countries and territories and 150 ports, ultimately returning back to the island of Oahu, Hawaii on June 17, 2017. Thousands of people came to celebrate this epic Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and welcomed the voyaging canoes home.