Learning to Mālama Honua

All photography is the copyright of John Bilderback.

The Hawaiian people have a deep-rooted connection to the ocean and to nature, which has profoundly affected their culture. Hōkūleʻa, a waʻa, or traditional voyaging canoe, has recently become a symbol not only of Hawaiʻi, but of a growing global movement to "mālama honua," or care for the Earth. Mālama Honua: Hōkūleʻa - A Voyage of Hope is an account of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and a fascinating look into the history of Polynesian voyaging and the revitalization of Hawaiian culture.

This account of Hōkūleʻa's Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is sobering and insightful. It reflects on the the how nature has shaped cultures around the world and shares the stories of people who are joining to care for the earth and the life that it sustains. In a very literal sense, the oceans connect us all, and communities are beginning to realize the importance of being good stewards of our planet both for the good of those who call it home both now and in generations to come.

Mālama Honua: Hōkūleʻa - A Voyage of Hope also gives an insightful glimpse into the cultural history of Polynesian Voyaging. The book is rich with stories of those who have come before and the stories of those who are continuing that legacy, continually learning and teaching others their art. This is made even more vivid by the rich photography and the stories of local people, environmental organizations, and Hōkūleʻa crew that are woven throughout the narrative.

Whether you are interested in Hawaiian culture or want to care for our planet, Mālama Honua: Hōkūleʻa - A Voyage of Hope provides an interesting take on both.

Thank you to PR by the Book for reaching out on behalf of Patagonia and sending me a free copy of Mālama Honua: Hōkūleʻa - A Voyage of Hope.


Maddie Buresh is a writer and photographer with an unquenchable desire to explore the great outdoors, from the ocean to the mountains. She finds joy in trying new things, living in community, and crafting stories that encourage people to go outside, have adventures, and enjoy this big, beautiful world.