A new iPad app that uses video storytelling to teach kids about the Malama Honua voyage of the Hokule‘a canoe will launch Saturday.
The “Malama Honua My Voyage” app was created by Ho‘omalamalama Foundation in partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Malama Honua Public Charter School, which serves students in grades kindergarten through three in Waimanalo.
The app will sell for an introductory price of 99 cents for the first four days. Profits will be split among the three nonprofit entities to support their educational missions.
The first episode, aimed at children aged five to 8, offers interactive activities, video storytelling and animation, taking users from the mountains to the sea. Along the way, children learn Hawaiian culture, environmental sustainability, geography, math and logic.
“Children learn about how the greatest navigators in history constructed double-hulled canoes out of natural materials, and they learn that protecting those natural resources is imperative for a healthy future for all of us,” said Nainoa Thompson, master navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
If the app succeeds, the foundation will create more episodes to chronicle lessons from Hokule‘a’s four-year 47,000 nautical mile voyage around the world.
To check out the app, visit www.malamahonua.com.