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Crew member scheduled to talk about expedition

May 3, 2013
The Maui News

A land crew member of the Pacific Voyaging Society will speak on the upcoming voyage of Hokule'a and Hikianalia at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina at 6 p.m. today.

Mary Anna Waldrop, who also is a teacher at Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina, will present a program discussing Malama Honua, or Care for the Earth, which is the mission of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's voyage of the two canoes.

The well-traveled and groundbreaking Hokule'a, a traditional double-hull sailing canoe, and its sister canoe, Hikianalia, a traveling learning center and laboratory, are embarking on a four-year expedition that will cover 46,000 nautical miles, visit 46 countries and engage more than 500 crew members, according to the church news release.

The beginning of the journey will focus on taking voyaging, science and learning programs to communities and schoolchildren in Hawaii. The entire voyage will be an opportunity to integrate caring for the world, math, science and social studies in classrooms of the world, the news release said.

"The purpose of the voyage is to navigate toward a healthy and sustainable future for ourselves, our home, and our island Earth through voyaging and new ways of learning," said Waldrop. "Using Hawaii as a microcosm in the universe, this voyage is about resetting our compass to sustainability."

The event, which also will welcome the Rev. Mary Haddad for a three-month stay, will be held in the rectory located behind the church. The public is invited.

For information, contact Holy Innocents Episcopal Church by phone at 661-4202 or by email at

Waldrop can be contacted at



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