Wayfinding Talk: Master Navigator and the Hokule’a

June 4, 2013, 11:37 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:08 PM
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He reads the heavens and will never be lost.

Friday night at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, master navigator Nainoa Thompson and author Sam Low will talk of the stars and native Hawaiian navigation.

At 7 p.m., Low will discuss his new book “Hawaiki Rising,” which describes the formation of the Polynesian Navigation Society and a sacred initiation of five male Hawaiian master navigators in 2007.

Thompson was one of the five males initiated, and is a cousin to Low. This storyteller has experienced voyages on the Hokule’a and produced the film “The Navigators – Pathfinders of the Pacific.” This award-winning film was shown on PBS and was screened internationally.

After the book talk, Thompson will relate the next ambitious voyage that will take two voyaging canoes through waters around the world. The Hokule’a and Hikianalia will sluice through 45,000 nautical miles, stop at over 62 ports, and visit 26 countries.


Tickets are $10 each and are available for pre-purchase. Members pay $8. Call (808) 969-9703, or visit for more information.


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