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  • Educator Alan Tamayose, Shantell De Silva
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s canoe, the Hōkūleʻa, successfully sailed to Tahiti in 1976. Using ancient wayfinding techniques, the Hōkūleʻa ignited a cultural renaissance. Four decades later, the Hōkūleʻa embarked on a 3-year voyage around the world. Visiting more than 23 countries, this Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage was completed in June of 2017. To learn more about the Hōkūleʻa and the Polynesian Voyaging Society, please visit

The Star Compass was a mental construct used by Polynesian navigators. Here are examples.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is currently developing Kilo Hōkū, a Virtual Reality simulator of the Star Compass. Please visit their website for updates.