Polynesian Voyaging Society
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded by Dr. Ben Finney, Herb Kawainui Kāne, and Tommy Holmes in 1973. This would ignite a revival of the Hawaiian voyaging traditions through its voyaging canoe the Hōkūle'a. The PVS was founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, and they seek to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration.
The Hōkūleʻa, our Star of Gladness, first began as a dream of reviving the legacy of exploration, courage, and ingenuity that brought the first Polynesians to the archipelago of Hawaiʻi. More than 600 years had passed since the last of these canoes had been seen. She is more than a voyaging canoe she also represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World. To continue to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing.