Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson is currently the Program Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, leading a revival of the traditional voyaging arts in Hawai’i. Using his accomplishments of the past 30 years, he has developed multi-disciplined, culturally relevant educational programs in partnership with other educational institutions, organizations and agencies. Nainoa is a former chairman of the board of trustees for Kamehameha Schools, is a former member of the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents and current Special Advisor to the President on Hawaiian Affairs, and is on the Advisory Council of the Ocean Policy Institute. Nainoa has always had a special interest in the Pacific and would like to improve the overall health of the people.