Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy began as a program under Hālau Kū Mana Public Charter school in 2001 in order to address the need to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian voyaging as well as to harness the power of culturally based instruction to address the disparate academic performance outcomes of Native Hawaiian students. Since this time, their organization has grown significantly. KVA now services the broader Hawaiʻi community, continuing to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, while building important community bonds and instilling Hawaiian cultural knowledge, skills, and values in youth which empower them to recognize that within all of us is the greatest potential and that we are all interconnected with one another and the environment in which we live. Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy's mission and purpose is to perpetuate the knowledge of traditional Hawaiian navigation and to provide opportunities to Native Hawaiian students to advance in contemporary ocean based careers through academic, college, and career support. At the center of their programs is Kānehūnāmoku, a 29-ft. coastal voyaging canoe. She is the moʻopuna (granddaughter) of Hōkūleʻa and the keiki (child) of Makaliʻi from Hawaiʻi island.