Polynesian seafaring - history and Hawaiian re-creation





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Captain Cook 'discovers' Tahiti and Hawaii. The natives tell Cook how they navigated the vast Pacific Ocean. Later commentators dispute this, and some natives of today---many decades after ravages of their culture by outsiders--decide to rebuild the ancient navigation knowledge and traditional sailing canoes to create a new legacy of wayfinding and revive the spirit of the ancestral way as they teach others to face new horizons.

Herb Kawainui Kane speaks about Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition, and then the Hokule'a (Hōkūle'a)-- a re-created ancient double-hulled voyaging canoe (vaka taurua) featured in this extract.

Narrated by Napuanalani Cassidy

the Polynesian Voyaging Society's website:

this clip is extracted from the VHS tape "Wayfinders: a Pacific Odyssey"

the library's description of it:

Publisher, Date: Charlotte, N.C. : Maiden Voyage/PBS Home Video, c1999.

Description: 1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.): sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.

Summary: Presents a seafaring odyssey with a group of Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, as they build traditional sailing canoes, learn to travel long distances using celestial navigation, and embark on a 2,000-mile voyage from the Marquesas Islands to Hawaii.


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