Governor Walker Declares June 17 Mālama Honua (Taking Care of the Earth) Day June 19, 2017 Press Release: 17-093 2017 JUNEAU— On Friday June 16th, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott delivered to Hawaii Governor David Ige an executive proclamation by Governor Bill Walker declaring today Mālama Honua Day in Alaska, in honor of the historic homecoming of the Polynesian canoe Hōkūleʻa to Honolulu. “This Mālama Honua journey is about marine stewardship and inspired action to care for what Hawaiians call ‘Island Earth,’” Lt. Governor Mallott told Ige during a visit to the Governor’s Office. “The journey underscores and strengthens the bonds between Alaska and Hawaii, which began when both states were admitted into the Union in 1959, and continues today as both states will collaborate on climate change and strengthen indigenous relationships in the Pacific.” The Mālama Honua (Taking Care of the Earth) Worldwide Voyage began three years ago. The voyage covered over 27,000 nautical miles and more than 47,000 people were engaged during the stops in 14 countries and 65 ports. The voyagers, including Alaska Natives, travelled in a traditional double-hulled canoe, using ancient wayfinding practices and navigating without modern instruments, relying instead on the stars, wind, and waves. Lt. Governor Mallott noted that Sealaska Corporation donated Alaska Sitka Spruce logs in 1990 to be carved into a sister canoe, Hawai’iloa, establishing connections between the First Peoples of Hawaii and Alaska. The voyage was made possible by the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), which was founded in 1973 to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration, through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities. PVS founder Nainoa Thompson said the Mālama Honua voyage sought to engage communities worldwide on sustainable living practices while sharing Polynesian culture, learning from the past and from each other in order to create lasting global relationships. Lt. Governor Mallott travelled at his own expense to Hawaii for the homecoming events, including formal ceremonies and Hawaiian celebration on Magic Island, Oahu set for Saturday, June 17th. PDF: 06.12.17-Malama-Honua-Day Lt. Governor Mallott delivering proclamation to Governor Ige.