We, the Navigators, Remember
Posted Sun, July 25, 2010 - 10:21 PM
(photo by Will Kyselka)
The Hawai‘i news has been busy lately with the news that Mau Piailug has passed away at the age of 76. He was the navigator of the Hokule‘a on its maiden voyage from Hawai‘i to Tahiti, a teacher to David Lewis, Nainoa Thompson, and many others, and largely responsible for ensuring the survival of traditional Polynesian oceanic navigation into the 21st century.
Although my wary personal relationship with water may keep me from ever setting foot on a voyaging canoe, I'm still amazed by what he, his peers, and his students have been able to accomplish.
Knowledge can be a fragile thing, at times. Thank you for keeping it alive, Mau.