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Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson

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Explorer, environmentalist, master navigator, cultural revivalist, educator, storyteller. Nainoa Thompson has led the rediscovery and revival of the ancient Polynesian art of navigation. Through his voyaging, teaching, and engagement, he has opened a global, multigenerational dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage. Thompson is the first Native Hawaiian in 600 years to practice the ancient Polynesian art of navigation. Currently, the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a non-profit voyaging and education organization, Thompson recently completed a four-year voyage around the world on the Hōkūleʻa.

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