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Voyage of RediscoveryA Cultural Odyssey through Polynesia$
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Ben Finney

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080027

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080027.001.0001

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Wait for the West Wind

Wait for the West Wind

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(p.125) 5 Wait for the West Wind
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Voyage of Rediscovery
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Ben Finney

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520080027.003.0005

This chapter addresses the third basic adaptation for oceanic expansion by analyzing how, in 1986, Hōkūle'a sailed eastward across Polynesia from Samoa to Tahiti by utilizing westerly wind shifts. In making his case for the origin in America of the Polynesians, Thor Heyerdahl claimed that the islands of Polynesia could not have been colonized directly from the west because “the permanent trade winds and forceful companion currents of the enormous Southern Hemisphere” would have prevented canoe sailors from the Asian side of the ocean from sailing through tropical latitudes to the east. Instrumented sailing trials with the Hawai'ian double canoe Nālehia, and the long slant across and slightly into the trade winds made by Hōkūle'a when sailing from Hawai'i to Tahiti in 1976, indicate that a double canoe progresses most efficiently to windward when she is sailed “full and by.”

Keywords:   Hōkūle'a, Polynesia, Samoa, Tahiti, America, Polynesians, Thor Heyerdahl, trade winds, Southern Hemisphere, Nālehia

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