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An Evening with Nainoa Thompson
October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm$10 – $20
An Evening with Nainoa Thompson:
“Mālama Honua (Care for Island Earth): In a Changing World, Hope Comes With Action”
President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating, Nainoa Thompson led Hōkūleʻa’s global “Mālama Honua (Care for Island Earth) Voyage.” Inspired by his kūpuna, his teachers, he has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging. On long voyages, Nainoa came to appreciate the Hawaiian concept of “mālama” (caretaking).
“Our ancestors learned that if they took care of their canoe and each other,” Nainoa often told his crew, “and if they marshaled their resources of food and water, they would arrive safely at their destination.”
Nainoa is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Unsung Hero of Compassion, awarded to him by His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama on behalf of the organization Wisdom in Action, the Native Hawaiian Education Association’s Manomano Ka ‘Ike (Depth and Breadth of Knowledge) Educator of the Year Award, the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival Legacy Award, the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Marine Exploration, the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal, and the Explorers Club Medal.
Don’t miss this inspiring presentation on Tuesday, October 8 at the historic ʻIao Theater in Wailuku. It is presented as part of the “Know Your Ocean” Speaker Series, presented by the nonprofit Maui Nui Marine Resource Council with support from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Visitors Bureau. Tickets are $10 – $20 per person with reserved seating. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Presentation at 6:00 pm.