Canoe Building


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Polynesian Migrations

No Na Mamo: For the Children
The Voyage to Ra'iatea and Rarotonga: 1992

[Photo Below: The Gathering of Pacific Canoes at Rarotonga, 1992. Photo by Moana Doi]




Spr 1995

Sum 1995

The 1992 Voyage to Ra'iatea and Rarotonga, called No Na Mamo, For the Children, was designed to train a new generation of voyagers to sail Hokule'a, to share the knowledge and values of voyaging with students in Hawai'i and to celebrate the revival of canoe building and traditional navigation throughout the Pacific with a visit to the Sixth Pacific Arts Festival held that year in Rarotonga. On each of the four legs of the voyage, Hokule'a had new navigators to guide her. In addition to training new navigators and crew members, PVS reached out to thousands of school children in Hawai'i through a long-distance education program. During the voyage students tracked the canoe on nautical charts, learned about their Pacific world, and used the canoe and its limited supply of food, water, and space, to explore issues of survival, sustainability, and teamwork. On the voyage back to Hawai'i, the crew of the canoe contacted the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia flying overhead and shuttle crew member Lacy Veach, a Hawai'i native. The two vessels participated in conversations with students in Hawai'i about the importance of exploration.

The Voyage

Hawai`i to Tahiti
Sail to Ra`iatea
Sail to Rarotonga
The Voyage Home

KCCN Hawaiian Radio Cultural Vignette Series: “No Na Mamo: Hokule‘a’s 1992 Voyage for Education” (Radio broadcast, February to April 1993).

Journal of Wallace Wong, Rarotonga to Hawai'i: Oct.-Dec., 1992

Oct. 17-31: Waiting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Departure; Arrival in the Society Islands
Nov. 1-15: Pape'ete, Tahiti; Depature; Voyage to Hawai'i
Nov. 16-30: Voyage to Hawai'i; Sighting Mauna Kea
Dec. 1-6: Homecoming Ceremonies and Celebration

Maps: (1) the 1992 voyage to Rarotonga and back (color); (2) the 1992 voyage to Rarotonga (black and white); (3) the voyage from Hawai'i to Rarotonga (with Navigators' Daily Estimated Positions and Actual Positions of the Canoe); (4) the voyage from Rarotonga to Hawai'i (with Navigators' Daily Estimated Positions and Actual Positions of the Canoe); (5) the voyage from Tahiti to Rarotonga.