[PAST EVENT] Special Guest Lecture - One Ocean. One Canoe. One People. by Nainoa Thompson

November 16, 2022
7pm - 8pm
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium and online via Zoom
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
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  • Open to the public
  • Registration/RSVP
Image by the Polynesian Voyaging Society
Image by the Polynesian Voyaging Society

Prepare to be inspired and captivated by native Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson during this special presentation at VIMS. Thompson has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging, inspired by mentors who introduced him to the mysteries of the inshore ocean, the stars his ancestors used to navigate great distances, the natural signs that provide guidance, and the universal values of voyaging: vision, self-discipline, preparation, courage, risk-taking, and the spirit of aloha.

On long voyages, under a dome of stars and surrounded by the vast ocean, Thompson came to appreciate the Hawaiian concept of "m?lama" - care taking - from a planetary perspective. He will share that perspective while inspiring and educating us all to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world with a melding of science and indigenous wisdom.

Thompson is president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and VIMS' first Scholar in Ocean Residency. He is known around the world as a leader in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrumented navigation and for his canoe voyages throughout the global ocean guided only by stars, waves, winds, and marine life. He has received numerous awards, including the Unsung Hero of Compassion, the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival Legacy Award, the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, and the Explorers Club Medal.

In-person registration for this event is now full. You can still register to participate virtually, and we encourage you to do so early as we are nearing our Zoom limit as well.

A brief reception with our special guest will be held afterward.


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