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Polynesian Voyaging Society receives $50,000 pledge from the Island Insurance Foundation in support of the Hokule`a's Worldwide Voyage

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Polynesian Voyaging Society receives $50,000 pledge from the Island Insurance Foundation in support of the Hokule`a?s Worldwide Voyage

HONOLULU - The Island Insurance Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging Society in support of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a and its sister vessel Hikianalia's Worldwide Voyage. The Island Insurance Foundation's $50,000 pledge will entail a $10,000 donation for each of the five legs that comprise the Worldwide Voyage.

Recently, the Hokule`a and Hikianalia traveled together for the first time to complete the first of five legs, navigating 1,000 miles around the state. The final leg of the Worldwide Voyage is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with the entire journey taking both vessels 45,000 nautical miles, circumnavigating the Island Earth, with visits to more than 60 ports in more than 20 countries.

"Our Worldwide Voyage is an opportunity to not only share the Hawaiian culture but to also inspire communities around the world to care for each other and the land and sea that sustain us," said Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. "It's through generous donations from individuals, companies and non-profit organizations such as the Island Insurance Foundation that we are able to make this journey."

"The Hokule`a's Worldwide Voyage is not only about cultural preservation, but also the importance of sustaining our resources for future generations," said Colbert Matsumoto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Island Insurance. "This voyage will hopefully educate and inspire other communities to work together to create contemporary solutions."

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another, and their natural and cultural environments.

The Island Insurance Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Island Insurance, Hawaii's largest locally owned and managed Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance carrier. Island Insurance holds a financial strength rating of "A" by A.M. Best and is the only Hawaii-Based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 P&C insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for six consecutive years. For more information, visit its website at:

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