'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.
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!
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.
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.)