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'Imiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival

Sponsored by Matson

Celebrate the Tradition

Experience the “Spirit of the Wayfinder” at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s  Annual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival. This festival explores oceanic wayfinding, a traditional system of navigating the open ocean without the use of instrumentation. Using concepts of astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, and ecology, modern day wayfinders are stewards of collective knowledge handed down through generations. Navigator in Residence, Kālepa Baybayan, states,  “More than getting from one place to another, wayfinding is a legacy of exploring, understanding and stewarding our environmental resources for the next generation.”

"The Wayfinding and Navigation Festival is a celebration of our Hawaiian heritage, culture and traditions, it is a unifying legacy that we proudly share with other Polynesian cultures in the Pacific.  Wayfinding and celestial navigation is an ancient knowledge that shows us the power of human initiative and intuition, before modern navigation systems became available to explore the unknown."

—Ka‘iu Kimura, Executive Director, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i

 

Wayfinding & Navigation Festival 2014

Saturday October 11, 2014

9:30 am to 4 pm.

Themed Moananuiākea, Retracing Ancestral Connections, this full-day event on Saturday, October 11, at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will be from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and is free to the public. Discover through hands on activities if you have what it takes to be a deep-sea voyager and get involved in the various ways you can mālama honua, care for our island earth. Explore the halls of our center and uncover your own ancestral connections at our Linking Lineages Discovery Lab. Transport yourself to the isles of the South Pacific through the rhythm and dance of Te Mau Aito o Hiro Tahitian School and UH Hilo’s Tupulaga O Samoa Mo a Taeao Club. Then, continue your travels as recently returned crewmembers from Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia recount their epic journey through Tahiti, the Cook Islands and Samoa as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage! 

Across the Pacific, the voyaging canoe represents genealogy. Pacific Islanders trace their origins to certain canoes, each a treasured vessel that connects people to their ancestry. This year, we honor ka moana nui ākea, the vast expansive ocean, as the pathway that connects us and as the nourishing life source of the people of Island Earth. 

2014 Wayfinding & Navigation Festival
Schedule of Events
October 11, 2014
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
 
9:00 am
Doors Open
 
9:30 am
Ka Wehena, Event Opening
Planetarium
 
10:00 am
Moananuiākea: Retracing Ancestral Connections
Planetarium Presentation by Kaimana Barcarse
Take an audio-visual journey of the voyages of Hōkūle‘a, starting from her birth and culminating in the Tahiti to Samoa leg of the current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. 
 
 
10:30 am
Seeking Samoa: A Taupou’s Voyage Home
Planetarium Presentation by Celeste Haʻo
Bestowed at the age of 17 with the highest title a woman can have in Samoa’s traditional society — a “taupou” — Hilo native & apprentice navigator, Celeste Manuia Ha‘o, recounts the heartbreak and triumph of her epic return to Faleapuna, her village of Samoa. 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
He Wa’a He Moku, He Moku He Wa’a
Poli’ahu Lawn Voyaging Activities
Discover through hands on activities if you have what it takes to be a deep-sea voyager! Visit crewmembers from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage at each station to experience what life is like on the wa‘a and to tour Hilo’s inter-island voyaging canoe, Kiakahi.
 
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
“Ke Ala Hōku, Skies Above Hawai‘i” Planetarium Show
Planetarium
View the night sky through the eyes of a Polynesian navigator in this live interactive planetarium presentation by apprentice navigators Kaimana Barcarse & Bonnie Kahape‘a-Tanner.
 
12:30 pm
Ia Fenua ā te Va’a: Rythms of the South Pacific
Dance Performances by Te Mau Aito o Hiro & 
UH Hilo’s Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao Club
Atrium & Moanahōkū Hall
Transport yourself to the isles of the South Pacific through the rhythm and dance of Te Mau Aito o Hiro Tahitian School and UH Hilo’s Tupulaga O Samoa Mo a Taeao Club
 
 
 
1:00 pm
“Hōkūleʻa: Her Farthest Journey” Video Documentary
Moanahōkū Hall
Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, our Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world.  Written and produced by Kathy Muneno, this documentary remembers those who paved the way for Hokule‘a and highlights the hopes and goals of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage as they work to protect cultural and environmental resources for our children’s future. 
 
2:00 pm
Kaulana E Ka Holo O Hōkūle’a: Voyage of Reconnection
Panel Discussion by Leg 2 Crew Crewmembers of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia
 Moanahōkū Hall 
Continue your travels through the South Pacific as recently returned crewmembers from Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia recount their fantastic voyage through Tahiti, the Cook Islands and Samoa as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage! 
 
4:00 pm
Ka Panina, Event Closing 
Moanahōkū Hall
Stay for a special closing presentation in honor of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage’s Tahiti to Samoa Crew.
 

Around ‘Imiloa 

Atrium

9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 am “Ka Huaka’i ‘Imi Loa A Palila, Palila’s Great Journey” storytelling:

Join ‘Imiloa’s adventurous palila as he discovers the importance of his forest home on the slopes of Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea.

10:00 am – 1:00 Keiki Korner Creations - Craft making & balloon twisting:

E nā keiki! Use your creative skills to share the various ways you can mālama honua, care for our island earth, and receive a free balloon twisted creation!

Poli’ahu Lawn

11:00 am - 1:00 pm          He Wa’a He Moku, He Moku He Wa’a Voyaging Activities:

Discover through hands on activities if you have what it takes to be a deep-sea Voyager! Visit crewmembers from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage at each station to experience what life is like on the wa‘a and to tour Hilo’s inter-island voyaging canoe, Kiakahi.     

Exhibit Hall

11:00 am - 3:00 pm   Kaiwikuamo‘o: Linking Lineages ‘Ohana Discovery Lab:

Explore the halls of our center to uncover your own ancestral connections! With help from consultants of the Hawaii Family History Center, find out what resources are available to you as you begin your personal story of reconnection.                   

 

Mahalo to Matson for their title sponsorship

of the 2014 ʻImiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival.

 
 

 

 Due to unforeseen scheduling requirements, our 2014 Hilo Wayfinding and Navigation Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2014.

(Please note in some publications the date will show the September 27, 2014 date.)

Photos of 2009 Hilo Wayfinding & Navigation Festival