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Linda Furuto

Leaders Asia-Pacific 2023


Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Apprentice Navigator and Education Specialist, Polynesian Voyaging Society





Dr. Linda Furuto is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and an apprentice navigator and education specialist with the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS). She and her team established the world’s first program in ethnomathematics to strengthen the early childhood to postsecondary education pipeline and create alternative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pathways to traditional learning goals. Linda recently circumnavigated the globe on the Hōkūleʻ canoe using celestial navigation techniques on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage with fellow PVS members. She believes that by collectively expanding our perspectives on how we intentionally navigate and wayfind, we can create a world where every child knows who they are, where they come from, and where they are going through values-based STEM education.