Books and Articles

(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

Films and Videos

"The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific": 59-minutes, color video. This award winning PBS documentary - an archeological detective story - follows Mau Piailug in Satawal where he teaches the fundamentals of wayfinding; visits Fiji where archeologists find evidence of the first Polynesian settlers, explores sites in Hawaii where ancient navigators first landed hundreds of years ago and features the first voyage of Hokule'a to Tahiti. Available from:

The New Film Company,Inc.
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Arlington, MA 02174, U. S. A.
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"Wayfinders: a Pacific Odyssey": a PBS website in conjunction with an hour-long film by Maiden Voyage Production (Gail Evenari). (You may order this film by clicking on the title.) This 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 islanders embark on a wayfinding journey using oral traditions, archaeological discoveries and experimental voyages to help them resolve controversial issues in their history and reclaim their cultural heritage as skilled oceanic explorers.

"The Voyage Home: Hawai`iloa's Northwest Voyage" (Producer: Williams Communications, 1996, 56 minutes ) follows the historic journey of the Hawaiiloa sailing canoe from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska through the northwest Inside Passage uniting thousands of native peoples in a celebration of their heritage and culture. Award: Best Global Indigenous Award, Dreamspeakers Festival, 1998. Available from Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) / (808) 591-0059 /FAX (808) 591-1114 / 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 6A4, Honolulu HI, 96814.To purchase this video or for price information please contact PIC at For other videos on Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders cultural topics and issues, see the PIC video catalog

"Daring To Dream - Hokulea's Quest for Rapa Nui": This half-hour video produced by KGMB-TV includes interviews with navigator Nainoa Thompson and other crew members, conversations with Rapa Nui locals about what the voyage means to them, reports on Rapa Nui's culture and landmarks, the history of the Moai (stone statues), and exclusive coverage of Nainoa's last visit to the island to prepare. Contact Kim Gennaula for copies for the video to use in teaching....(there are 7 segments of about 3 minutes each). Interested teachers can e-mail Kim at

"Te Pito o Te Henua / The Navel of the World": Hawaii State Department of Education website for an hour-long Film about Rapa Nui.

Ke Ala o Hokule'a / The Way of Hokule'a: Half-hour specials on the voyage to Rapa Nui, featuring conversations of crew members with students in Hawai'i over a satellite phone and video and photos from the voyage, are broacast every Thursday at 8 p.m. on 'Olelo Channel 53 (Oceanic Cablevision). The specials are re-broadcast on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. A half-hour program on the voyage in 'Olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian Langauge) is also available. Producers: Na'alehu Anthony and Brad Evans. Sponsors: Bishop Museum/NASA, 'Olelo/Oceanic Cablevision, Outriggers Hotels, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. For more information about the programs or to request copies, contact Guy Kaulukukui at

1976: Tahiti

1980: Tahiti

1985-87: Aotearoa (New Zealand)

1992: Rarotonga

1995: Marquesas

1995: West Coast, British Columbia, & Alaska

1999-2000: Rapanui




Life on a Canoe

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