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Wave Gliders to Provide Real-Time Weather Data for the Historic Homecoming of Hawaii’s Legendary Canoe

Sunnyvale, CA, June 15, 2017

Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders, the world’s most experienced ocean surface robot, is honored to participate in the historic homecoming and celebration for the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa canoe after its three year, 40,000 nautical miles Mālama Honua voyage. On the final miles of this historic journey, Wave Gliders will provide real-time weather, environmental and navigation data for the Hōkūleʻa and her sister canoes as they sail into Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. This data will complement the traditional art and science of Polynesian wayfinding with modern technology for enhanced knowledge and safety.

“Liquid Robotics joins the World community to applaud this historic voyage to spread the ‘lei of hope’ in support of a more sustainable world,” said Roger Hine, co-founder and chief technology officer of Liquid Robotics. “We are committed to doing our part in advancing ocean exploration and observation with our sustainable technology, complementing the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the Polynesian ancestors.”

Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming celebration includes a three-day Mālama Honua Fair & Summit and Hōkūleʻa’s Education outreach. Liquid Robotics is honored to speak on the topic of “Community-based natural resource management integrating TEK with green modern technology” and participate in community outreach to foster Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) youth education.

With origins on the Hawai’i Island and the Company’s Engineering & Test Facility in Kawaihae Harbor, these activities complement a history of community partnership and underscore the Company’s dedication and continued support to the local Hawaiian communities, government and academia. Utilizing the wave and solar powered Wave Glider in programs like the Aloha ʻĀina (“Love of the Land”) , enables these organizations to gain the scientific data needed to safeguard their coastlines, environment and ensure sustainability for future generations.

For more information on the Hōkūleʻa’s historic homecoming visit



About Liquid Robotics, a Boeing Company

Liquid Robotics designs and manufactures the Wave Glider, the first wave and solar powered unmanned ocean robots. With our partners we address many of the planet’s greatest challenges, by transforming how to assess, monitor, and protect the ocean. We solve critical problems for defense, commercial, and science customers. Visit to learn more.

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