David Lassner

UH President David Lassner on Māori Television News. Watch the video

On March 25, more than 2,000 students from the Manaiakalani School Cluster welcomed the Polynesian Voyaging Society crew, Hawaiʻi educators and Hawaiian voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia at Point England in Auckland.

The educational leaders were in New Zealand for an education summit. Their delegation included University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner, Hawaiʻi Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and leaders from Kamehameha Schools, Punahou School, Hawaiʻi charter schools and the UH Mānoa College of Education.

The students wrote and performed three oli (chants), together with their community elders, on the beach to welcome Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia. The group also received a tour of the schools’ technology program and pioneering efforts to blend indigenous wisdom and STEM education.

Photos from the student welcome

Photos courtesy of the Polynesian Voyaging Society/ʻŌiwi TV, photographer Bryson Hoe. View photos on the University of Hawaiʻi Flickr site.

Education summit

TVNZ Te Karere video: Cultural exchange summit brings
Hawaiian and NZ universities together
, March 2014

This event brings together Hawaiʻi’s educators with the students and teachers at the forefront of 21st century innovation for Maori and Pasifika indigenous wisdom in education.

The visit is a part of a week-long education summit examining how the outlook of the navigator, caring for our environment and other key principles of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage can be brought to life in the classroom.

A number of University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff and students from UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, UH West Oʻahu, Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College, Kauaʻi Community College and UH Maui College are actively participating in the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

AUT University welcomed education leaders from Hawaiʻi to a cultural exchange summit


—Compiled from a A Polynesian Voyaging Society story and news release.

*Updated, March 25: Added video and pictures

*Updated, March 23, 2:20 p.m.: The event has been rescheduled to March 25 (March 24 Hawaiʻi local time). The dates and times in this story have been updated.

*Updated, March 23, 9:10 a.m.: The Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia visit to Point England will be rescheduled due to a rainstorm at Point England.

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