Navigating our communities to a sustainable future. Join us to explore the genius of our place and become stewards of wai + kai.

Apply with your hui of haumāna, kumu and community partner

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Future Navigators connects school and community based hui from across the islands…

To explore the bio-cultural genius of your place,
Become stewards of wai + kai

Tell exciting stories of our wahi pana, aloha ʻāīna, regeneration and resilience


Together we will…

Create a beautiful and powerful collection of Story Maps using ArcGIS technologies
Participate in a biomimicry and place-based Waiw.ai Innovation Challenge to grow and highlight abundance in your community inspired by nature and the ancestors.

Work together to help create a path to a sustainable future for our islands and ocean home while becoming leaders and ambassadors for the stewardship and regeneration of the places and people we care about and call home.

Who is this for? 

Participants should apply as a hui. A hui should include haumāna (ages 9 – 19), kumu and a community partner who is interested in exploring and sharing stories of ecological and cultural genius and working together to develop innovative solutions to challenges and opportunities in their communities. If you donʻt have a hui, you can still apply here.

Your hui GETS:


  • Practice in Esri ArcGIS Story Maps and technologies
  • Practice in Biomimicry | Nature-Inspired Innovation
  • Access to aerial and underwater drones and remote sensors
  • Practice in 3D Modeling and CAD Design
  • Opportunity to contribute to Educational Resources of Polynesian Voyaging Society and Wa’a Honua
  • Opportunity to contribute to Educational Resources of National Geographic, including the Explorer Mindset mini-course, and Storytelling for Impact course, and other free online courses and resources
  • Time and opportunity to dive deep into the unique mo’olelo and “genius” of your place and community
  • A network of like-minded members across our Hawaiian Islands community
  • A total of $1,000 (in 2 payments upon completion of story maps and innovation challenge) for continued development and collaboration on place-based exploration and innovation
When is this?

 Future Navigators kicks off in mid-January 2022 and runs til late May 2022. There are 10 program sessions on Saturdays, twice a month. a Wonder and Adventure phase from January to March where we focus on Story Mapping our places and communities; and an Innovation phase in April and May where we focus on amplifying the abundance of our places and communities.

Your hui GIVES:


  • Full participation (online or in-person) in the Orientation and 10 Future Navigators sessions, *including participation in at least 1 in-person, on-site session
  • A unique ArcGIS Story Map showcasing “The Genius” of your place and community
  • Contributions to a Story Mapping Toolkit to be shared openly across the state and as part of the Moananuiākea Voyage of Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • A unique place-based, nature and ‘ike kūpuna inspired innovation addressing challenges in your local community
  • Sharing with, growing and training a hui of 15-25 youth, educators and innovators in your place and community in what you’ve learned and created as a Future Navigators







How can I participate?


Step 1: Read the project details
Step 2: Form a hui of 2-3 Kumu/Educators + 3-5 Haumāna/Youth (ages 9-19) + a community partner engaged in water and/or ocean-related, bio-cultural conservation and/or regeneration


Participation commitment: each participant hui should commit to having at least 1 kumu and 2 haumāna present virtually or in-person for each session


Each Hui should have:
Hui Captain
Hawaiian culture / ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi lead(s)
Conservtory Science leads(s)
Media lead(s) with acces to cameras
Data Collection, GIS and Story Mapping Lead(s) with access to a desktop or laptop and wi-fi


Can’t form or find a Hui?
Complete this form


Step 3: Attend an Info Session and Q&A for application support

Monday, November 8, 4pm -5 pm
Saturday, November 13, 2pm – 3pm

Step 4: Submit an Application as a Hui
Deadline, Sunday, November 14 at midnight

Program Flow