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'Imiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival

Sponsored by Ama Olukai Foundation

Celebrate the Tradition

Experience the “Spirit of the Wayfinder” at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s  Annual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival. This event 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 2015

Saturday October 24, 2015

9:30 am to 4 pm.

Themed He Waʻa He Moku, Honoring the Spirit of the Waʻa and the ʻĀina, the 8th annual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival takes place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. This full-day community event explores the art and science of oceanic wayfinding, the traditional Polynesian system of navigating the open ocean without the use of modern instrumentation. Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Ama OluKai Foundation, the event is free and open to the public.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Roxanne Ching at rching@imiloahawaii.org or 969-9704, as soon as possible, but no later than 10 days before the scheduled event. For more information on the festival, please call 808-969-9703. 

2015 Wayfinding & Navigation Festival

Ka Papa Manawa, Event Schedule

He Wa’a He Moku, Honoring the Spirit of the Waʻa and the ʻĀina

October 24, 2015

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

9:00
Doors Open

9:30

(Moanahōkū Hall)

Wehena, Event Opening

“Malana Mai Kaʻū” Oli 
“Mālama” Navigating Change Video Clip

9:40

(Moanahōkū Hall)

Welina, Welcoming Remarks
Kaʻiu Kimura, Executive Director of ʻImiloa
Dan McInerny, Executive Director of Ama OluKai Foundation

9:50 – 11:00

(Moanahōkū Hall)

He Waʻa He Moku, He Moku He Waʻa
A 3-part keynote presentation by
Pua Case, Hualalai Keohuloa &
Pomaikalani Bertlemann
   
   
Part I: Malana Mai Kaʻū
A 15-minute presentation by Kumu Hula Pua Case on the oli, Malana Mai Kaʻū, which compares the features of Hawaiʻi Island to the functioning components of a waʻa kaulua, double-hulled canoe.

Part II: Ia Waʻa Nui
A 15-minute presentation by canoe builder, Hualalai Keohuloa, on engaging the ʻāina to give life
and spirit to the waʻa.
   
    Part III: He Moku He Waʻa
A 15-minute presentation by crewmember and educator, Pomaikalani Bertelmann, sharing her thoughts on the ʻōlelo noʻeau featured as this year’s festival theme. The canoe is an island, the island is a canoe was translated into the ʻōlelo noeʻau, “He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa,” from the foundational beliefs of captain Clay Bertelmann - "think island, think canoe."

Uncle Clay’s legacy as a captain of Hōkūleʻa, one of 23 core builders of the traditionally-made coastal sailing canoe, Mauloa, the co-founder of Nā Kālai Waʻa Moku ʻO Hawaiʻi, the builder and Captain of Hawaiʻi Island’s voyaging canoe, Makaliʻi, and the inspiration behind the building of the Alingano Maisu - the canoe built as an expression of gratitude to Papa Mau Piailug and his family and community of Micronesia - has inspired communities throughout Hawaiʻi and abroad to envision the canoe’s journey across vast oceans as a mere reflection of our lives on the earth.
 



Planetarium Programming
Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.

10:00 – 10:30

Legends of the Night Sky
Keiki Planetarium Show
           
10:45 – 11:15

Legends of the Night Sky
Keiki Planetarium Show
   
11:30 – 12:15

Unlocking the Stars to Tahiti
    Special planetarium presentation on how navigators unlock the secrets of the stars
to guide them along their journey from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti.

12:30 – 1:15

Unlocking the Stars to Tahiti
    Special planetarium presentation on how navigators unlock the secrets of the stars
to guide them along their journey from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti.

1:30 – 2:00

Maunakea Between Earth & Sky

ʻImiloa’s Signature Planetarium Show

2:15 – 3:00

Unlocking the Stars to Aotearoa
    Special planetarium presentation on how navigators unlock the secrets of the stars
to guide them along their journey from Samoa to Aotearoa.

3:15 – 4:00

Unlocking the Stars to Aotearoa
    Special planetarium presentation on how navigators unlock the secrets of the stars
to guide them along their journey from Samoa to Aotearoa.

 



Crew Training Activities
Exhibit Hall & Lawn
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Do you have what it takes to be a deep-sea voyager?
Discover through hands on activities critical aspects of open-ocean voyaging that all crewmembers must be skilled in - packing gear, calibrating your body to become a measuring tool, knot tying and knowing the various parts of the canoe.

Complete your crew training activities located on the back of the event program to receive a prize! Participants ages 10 years or older are also eligible to win a FREE pair of OluKai sandals!

 


 

 

 

Photos of 2009 Hilo Wayfinding & Navigation Festival