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Voyage of Rediscovery: A Cultural Odyssey through Polynesia

Ben Finney


In the summer of 1985, a mostly Hawai'ian crew set out aboard Hōkūle'a, a reconstructed ancient double canoe, to demonstrate what skeptics had steadfastly denied: that their ancestors, sailing in such canoes and navigating solely by reading stars, ocean swells, and other natural signs, could intentionally have sailed across the Pacific, exploring the vast oceanic realm of Polynesia and discovering and settling all its inhabitable islands. Their round-trip odyssey from Hawai'i to Aotearoa (New Zealand), across 12,000 nautical miles, dramatically refuted all theories declaring that—because of th ... More

Keywords: Hōkūle'a, double canoe, Polynesia, Aotearoa, Hawai'i, Maori, Nainoa Thompson, journey, exploration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780520080027
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520080027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Finney, author