What: Book reading and signing in Hilo of Hawaiiki Rising: Hōkūleʻa, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance by Sam Low, producer of the award winning film, The Navigators – Pathfinders of the Pacific, and crew member on three Hōkūle’a on three voyages, from 1999 to 2007, and author of many articles on the canoe and her meaning to Polynesians.
June 4, Tuesday
- 10 – 12 noon, Walmart Hilo
- Volcanoes National Park, “After Dark in the Park”
June 7, Friday ʻImiloa Astronomy Center 7 – 9 pm with Nainoa
June 8, Saturday Basically Books 2 pm
Hawaiki Rising tells Nainoa’s story for the first time. How he searched the heavens to find patterns lost in time that once allowed his ancestors to find their way accurately across thousands of ocean miles without charts or instruments. Here too is Nainoa’s great mentor, Mau Piailug, from the tiny Micronesian island of Satawal, as he joins forces with Hokule’a’s Hawaiian crew to not only recapture their pride but to help pass on his own seafaring heritage. “Our great teacher, Mau Piailug, taught us to travel always with seram,” says Nainoa, “with the light. He taught us that voyaging aboard Hokule’a was a kuleana, both a privilege and a responsibility: that a voyager sets out to discover new worlds and new values and to bring them home to nourish the spirit of his people.”