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The Never Lost Web site was made possible through the generosity of:

NASA Science Mission Directorate
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Jim Clark Endowment for Internet Education
McBean Family Foundation.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation



  • 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i
  • 'Aha Pūnana Leo: Language Nest and Hōkūalaka'i Navigation Program
  • University of Hawai'i, Institute for Astronomy
  • Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Bishop Museum

We would like to give special thanks and acknowledge the expertise and help of Chad Kālepa Baybayan of 'Imiloa, Kaimana Barcarse of 'Aha Pūnana Leo, and Prof. Paul Coleman of the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i, for their dedicated efforts in the development of the Never Lost website.

We thank the participation and support of the crews of the Hōkūalaka'i, Hōkūle'a, and Maiau Hawaiian Voyaging Canoes.

We would also like to acknowledge Ka'iu Kimura and the hospitality of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i during the 2009 Navigation Festival.



We thank the Exploratorium staff for their contributions to this Web site in every aspect of the project. 


Principal Investigator and Executive Producer

Robert J. Semper, Ph.D


Co-Executive Producer

Robyn L. Higdon 


Project Director

Isabel Hawkins


Website Development Team

David Beck
Wayne Grim
Isabel Hawkins
Amy Snyder
Elisabeth M. Spencer
Pearl Tesler 


Web Site Design & Development

David Beck, Lead Developer and Programmer
Amy Snyder, Design Contributor  


Pearl Tesler  



Judith Brand
Ruth T. Brown  


Videographer and Editor

Elisabeth M. Spencer


Additional Editing

Dia Felix



Amy Synder



Wayne Grim



Alisa Lowden


Spherical Trigonometry

Dr. Paul Doherty


Star Databases

Ron Hipschman



With special thanks for the support and participation of:


  • Kaimana Barcarse, 'Aha Pūnana Leo and Hōkūalaka'i Navigation Program
  • Chad Kālepa Baybayan, Hōkūalaka'i Navigation Program and 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i
  • Pā'anaakalā (Kala) Baybayan, student, University of Hawai'i, Hilo
  • Milton (Shorty) Bertelmann, Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Pomai Kalani Bertelmann, Na Kalai Wa'a Moku o Hawai'i
  • Bruce Blankenfeld, Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Paul H. I. Coleman, Ph.D., Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i
  • Ben Finney, Ph.D., Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Wiliama Kaohelauli'i, Hōkūalaka'i Navigation Program
  • Kailin Kim, student, University of Hawai'i, Hilo
  • Ka'iu Kimura, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i
  • Māhealani Lono, student, University of Hawai'i, Hilo
  • Ka'iulani Murphy, Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Chadd 'Onohi Paishon, Na Kalai Wa'a Moku o Hawai'i
  • William K. (Billy) Richards, Jr., Friends of Hōkūle'a & Hawai'iloa and 'Ohana Wa'a
  • Koa Rice, Hilo, Hawai'i
  • Hāwane Rios, student, University of Hawai'i, Hilo
  • Mike Shanahan, Bishop Museum
  • Nelson Lamona Shintani, Hōkūalaka'i Navigation Program
  • Kalena Silva, Ph.D., University of Hawai'i, Hilo
  • John Stallman, Hawai'i Volcano National Park
  • Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Peter Van Dyke, Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden  


 All media copyright © Exploratorium, with the exception of the contributors listed below.

Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, by Fred Espenak

 "Waka Taua of the Maori of New Zealand," "Behold Hawai'i," "Hokulea 2006," "Hokulea," and "Canoes in the Doldrums" by  Herb Kāne

Photos Aboard STS-52, Courtesy of NASA

Photos of the 1980 Voyage, Courtesy of Kaimana Barcarse

"Maunakea and Night" and "Maunakea in Snow," by  Dorian Weisel

Photos of Mau Piaulug, by  Monte Costa

Photos of Mau Piaulug, by  Steve Thomas

1999 Rapa Nui Voyage Map, courtesy of Dennis Kawaharada,  Polynesian Voyaging Society

Photos of Dolphins, by Lehu Anthony

Photos of ʻElepaio Bird, by  Jack Jeffrey Photography

Sound of ʻElepaio Bird Chirp, by  David Kuhn