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Closing Keynote Address by Nainoa Thompson

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Nainoa Thompson will share an insightful message on the deeper challenges of being a leader and what it takes for him to rise to the occasion. Plus introduces two of the most influential leaders, teachers and friends from his own life and journey. Following, Hawaii Business Magazine Editor Steve Petranik sits down with Nainoa and Futurist Peter Schwartz to discuss the next generation, leadership, and ways forward. Nainoa will close with a final word about fearless leadership.


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, multigenerational dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage. Thompson is the first Native Hawaiian in 600 years to practice the ancient Polynesian art of navigation.

Currently, the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a non-profit voyaging and education organization, Thompson recently completed a four-year voyage around the world on the Hōkūleʻa.

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