'Imiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival
Celebrate the Tradition
The annual 'Imiloa Wayfinding and Navigation Festival celebrates the historic feats of Pacific navigators and current day efforts to revive and expand celestial navigation skills and interest in long distance deep-sea canoe voyaging that connects the many indigenous island communities in the Pacific Ocean.
"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 2013
September 26-28, 2013
The festival begins on Thursday, September 26th at Kahilu Theater, Waimea, with ʻImiloa Navigator in Residence, Kālepa Baybayan, presenting a talk entitled "He Lani Ko Luna, When You Leave the Safety of the Shore You Discover the Stars." This Talk is Free and open to the Public.
On Friday, September 27th, the day will be dedicated to Wayfinding school field trips at 'Imiloa, and will focus on young voyagers.
The Festival Day: Saturday, September 28th, will begin with a traditional blessing ceremony at 10 am followed by an orientation to the night sky through the eyes of a navigator in the ʻImiloa Planetarium.