Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
Thousands of years ago,
Polynesians voyaged over vast expanses of open ocean, settling far-flung islands across the Pacific. They navigated without GPS systems, without maps, compasses, clocks, or sextants, relying on direct observation alone. They found clues all around them—in the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars, in the ocean swells, the winds, the currents, and the birds.
Over time, knowledge of these wayfinding techniques dwindled and nearly disappeared. But today, traditional Polynesian navigation is experiencing a revival across Polynesia, especially in Hawai'i.
Join us in an exploration of Polynesian navigation, and learn to see the world as the ancient Polynesians saw it. Once you learn to find your way, you can never be truly lost—no matter where you go.