Polynesian Voyaging Society
Opening Keynote, Friday
Explorer, environmentalist, master navigator, cultural revivalist, educator, storyteller: Nainoa
Thompson has led the rediscovery and revival of the ancient Polynesian art of navigation.Through his voyaging, teaching and engagement, he has opened a global, dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage. Nainoa has dedicated his life to exploring the ocean, maintaining the health of the planet and ensuring that the ancient marine heritage and culture of Polynesia remain vibrant into the future.
Currently the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), a non-profit research and educational organization, Thompson recently completed a four-year voyage around the world on the Hōkūleʻa, a traditional, double-hulled voyaging canoe. Through these travels, Thompson and his crew engaged with thousands of people, including world leaders to highlight the importance of ocean resources, cultural legacies and protection of these critical places in the future.
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Keynote, Saturday AM
Joseph Sanchez has been a professional librarian for 12 years. He was an early adopter of ereaders and iPads, a Maker Space pioneer, and has a national reputation for innovation and leadership. His accomplishments include building a five thousand square foot multimedia studio, the highest library kickstarter ever funded, opening a coworking space, launching a statewide wildlife app, and other nontraditional services. He has taught LIS courses for the University of Denver, as well as undergraduate courses in a variety of disciplines. He has served in both academic and public libraries. His website is www.thebookmyfriend.com