Voyager Lehua Kamalu Named Emerson Fellow

These remarkable cross-disciplinary leaders are addressing some of our oldest problems in ambitious new ways.

– Emerson Collective

The Polynesian Voyaging Society is proud to announce that Voyaging Director Lehua Kamalu has been named a 2019 Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, a new fellowship designed to equip leaders from diverse fields with new tools to tell their stories. While Dial Fellows are pursuing a wide-range of topics, they each share a common vision of a more just world, where opportunity is more equally distributed.

The program is designed to elevate the work and ideas of Fellows; connect them to a diverse fellowship community; and celebrate Fellows as breakthrough leaders. As a result, Emerson Collective hopes Dial Fellows will be able to tell their stories in more powerful and relatable ways, sparking momentum for their missions. Learn more about Lehua’s work and this year’s Fellows at

PVS would like to congratulate Lehua with her successes. We’d also like to recognize and thank Emerson Collective for their work in cultivating and elevating young leaders who are inspiring a more equitable future.

More from Emerson Collective….

Lehua Kamalu uses the practice of Polynesian voyaging
to inspire communities to care for their natural and cultural environments.

Hawaii is known as the “extinction capital of the world.” While it is recognized for its beauty, diversity and splendid ecology, it has also been a victim of historic decimation of countless native species. By the mid-20th century, traditional Polynesian voyaging, a symbol of great pride to Hawaiians, was nearly extinct, too.

Today, navigator Lehua Kamalu is part of a movement to revive the voyaging tradition. As the Voyaging Director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a nonprofit and educational organization that perpetuates the art and science of traditional voyaging, Lehua is showing individuals and communities a better way to interact with one another and with their natural environment. She believes there is much that voyaging can teach the world about Hawaiian identity and history and also, about humanity’s fragile relationship to nature. Because the success of every journey depends on human and natural resources working together towards collective achievement, voyaging offers a means to experience social and environmental justice in action.

Ultimately, Lehua says, “modern Hawaiian voyaging promotes a shared vision for how people and places can stay healthy and thrive.”

Photos of Lehua Kamalu from various PVS voyages

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