Canoe Building


Canoe Life

Polynesian Migrations

Ten Themes of Learning–What We Focus On

Education Materials

2007 Voyages to Japan and Micronesia BLOG

Online Crew Manual

Navigating Change 2004: The NEW Navigating Change Teacher's Guide - a standards based, grade 4-5 curriculum is available.

Pacific Worlds has developed a Teachers Resource Guide to engage students in geographical thinking about the Pacific Islands by drawing on their own cultural resources and their own home-island locations. At the same time, these exercises often require comparative consideration of "Western" versus indigenous views. These resources are currently aimed at the 4th grade to 8th grade level, but can be used with other age groups. They have even been used at the university level.

Malama i ka 'Aina / Caring for the Land (UH at Manoa College of Education): "We integrate traditional Hawaiian and modern environmental practices to develop standard based, K-12 science curricula for teachers of Hawaiian and part-Hawaiian students." Teachers Resources are online at http://malama.hawaii.edu/resources/.

Education Packet for A Quest for Rapa Nui (2000).

Virtual Voyage / Research and Action Project (2000): Students imagine what it's like to voyage on a traditional Hawaiian double-hulled canoe.

Reading the Wind, Navigation and the Environment in the Pacific / A Teacher's Guide (pdf file). Activities on observing the weather and finding navigation stars to accompany a video on Polynesian and Micronesian voyaging and migration. (Developed by the Pacific Region Eductional Laboratory, PREL, 1996).

Hawaiian Canoe-Building Traditions. Developed by Naomi N.Y. Chun and illlustration by Robin Y. Burningham. Honolulu, Kamehameha Schools. 1995.

1995 Voyage of Hokule'a, Hawai'iloa, and Makali'i: 1. Voyaging Proverbs; 2. Voyaging Stories

1992 No Na Mamo, a Voyage for Education: Classroom Activities: 1. Wayfinding and Polynesian Navigation; 2. Survival, Resources, and the Environment (Four Questions); 3. History of Exploration: the Voyages of Hokule'a and Polynesian Exploration; Columbus and European Exploration; and the Space Shuttle Columbia and American Exploration; 4. Hawaiian Canoe-Building Traditions; 5. The Literature of Polynesian Seafaring; 6. Voyaging as a Metaphor for Life.

On-Line Visuals

Paintings, Drawings, Photos of Voyaging Canoes

Maps of the Voyages of Hokule'a

Hawaiian and Micronesian Star Compasses

Education Programs

Kapu Na Keiki ("Hold Sacred the Children") 2006: Inspired by Hawai`i and the Pacific’s voyaging and canoe paddling heritage as well as the importance of exploration and discovery that embodies the spirit of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a, Kapu Na Keiki ("Hold Sacred the Children") is designed to challenge students, inspire them to explore and care for the ocean, coral reefs, these islands and their communities, and encourage the values of compassion, giving and service.

Statewide Sail 2003: Crew Training and Education Programs around the Islands

Statewide Sail 2000-2001: "Our Islands, Our Canoe"

1996-1998 Exploration Learning Center: PVS developed programs that integrated cultural and environmental learning, with funding from the Hawaii Community Foundation and the Department of Education.

Statewide Sail 1996-1997: "Caring for Hawai'i"

Related Websites

Sam Low.com: Sailng and Navigation Website, including photos and report from the 2007 voyage to Satawal “to honor Mau Piailug, our mentor in the art of non-instrument navigation. On Satawal, five Hawaiian navigators and eleven from Satawal, were initiated by Mau into the rank of Pwo - master navigator.”

Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa: “Starting with Bowman’s and continuing today, the Friends have encouraged and supported a pool of builders, assistants and apprentices who have successfully built or restored multiple traditional Hawaiian canoes.”

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i: Voyaging canoes and astronomers' telescopes—Tools of the explorers: Framed by a rich Polynesian tradition of exploration,‘Imiloa is Hawai‘i’s premier facility for interpreting the deepest mysteries of the universe, being unraveled by the Maunakea observatories—the world’s largest and most important collection of telescopes.

Wayfinders: a Pacific Odyssey”: Based on a film by Maiden Voyage Production (Gail Evenari) on Polynesian voyaging. The one-hour program sweeps viewers into a seafaring adventure with a community of Pacific Islanders as they build traditional sailing canoes, learn how to follow the stars across the ocean, and embark on a 2,000-mile voyage from the Marquesas Islands to Hawai'i in the wake of their ancestors. Through on-board interviews, training sessions, archival images and breathtaking sailing footage, "Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey" reveals how the legacy of wayfinding connects modern Polynesians to their past and helps them face the challenges of the future. The site also includes background on Polynesian History and Origin and a Game for Wayfinding.


(1) Polynesian Migration and Voyaging; (2) Wayfinding (Non-Instrument Navigation); (3) Winds and Weather Prediction; (4) Canoes and Canoe-Building; (5) Isles of Hiva (Marquesas Islands); (6) Rapanui and Mangareva