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2020 Voyager Exhibit

2020 Voyager Exhibit - Makali'i to Mokumanamana

December 12, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Kahilu Theatre Galleries

Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, January 1st at 4 p.m.

Makaliʻi Voyage to Mokumanamana June, 2019                                                   Photo Credit: Jamie Makasobe
Kau ka peʻa, holo ka waʻa. Full sails flying and boosting Makaliʻi along.

Presented by Waimea Ocean Film Festival, Nā Kālai Waʻa, and Kahilu Theatre the 2020 Voyager Exhibit will focus on the recent voyage of Makaliʻi, the voyaging canoe run by the organization Nā Kālai Waʻa, as the culmination of its current voyaging project, Honauna Ola. In this voyage, in the summer of 2019, they sailed from Hawai’i Island to and through the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, that lie within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Mokumanamana, an important cultural and navigational site. 

Red footed boobies (manuʻā) gather around the pahumanamana on Haʻena Moe.      Photo Credit: Kalā Mossman

Mokumanamana has been the focus of research conducted by the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation into the manamana, or standing stones, found on the island for the past 14 years. Part of the findings from the research show that the manamana are aligned with planets and stars at different times of the year, making the island itself a living star compass. The voyage was planned to coincide with the summer solstice, to make observations at sunrise and sunset on that date.

Makaliʻi crew and their families prepare for departure from the Marine Education            Photo Credit: 'Āina Paikai
Training Center at Sand Island, Oʻahu to Mokumanamana

During the Waimea Ocean Film Fesitval, the Voyager Exhibit complements the Festival to form the basis for talks and discussions around voyaging and that provide interactive tools and the basis for educational programs taking place during the festival as well as in subsequent school visits.

In 2020 the exhibit and talks focus on three aspects of the recent Makaliʻi voyage:
  • Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the voyage to the Northwestern Hawaiian Island.
  • The Nā Kālai Waʻa Hoea Moku Canoe Garden Project that supplied and provisioned the waʻa (canoe) sustainably from plants and material grown and harvested on the island, and
  • crew training, which included developing an understanding of non-instrument weather forecasting and navigation.

The northern cliffs of Molokaʻi are the highest sea cliffs in the world.                         Photo Credit: Atsushi Sawada
Makaliʻi sails past them from Hana, Maui to Honolulu, Oahu

A Star Compass will be on display, and during scheduled morning talks attendees will have the opportunity to learn about its use as a tool for navigators. For details, see the Waimea Ocean Film Festival Program.

Volunteers and crew work to re-lash Makaliʻi during her                                        Photo Credit: Jamie Makasobe
drydock at the warehouse in Mahukona.

2020 Voyager Exhibit will run December 12, 2019 to January 26, 2020 at the Kahilu Theatre.
The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Mollie & Jim Hustace, Keaolani Keawe, Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods, Woodbury Inspection Group and the Fairmont Orchid.


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