Navigation festival honors wayfinding legacy

September 18, 2012  |   |  Comments
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The ʻImiloa Wayfinding and Navigation Festival runs on September 29 from 5–10 p.m.

The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center celebrates the spirit of the wayfinder at the 5th Annual Wayfinding and Navigation Festival on Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. This festival explores oceanic wayfinding, a traditional system of navigating the open ocean without the use of instrumentation. Using concepts of astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, and ecology modern day wayfinders are stewards of collective knowledge handed down through generations.

“Wayfinding is more than getting from one place to another, wayfinding is a legacy of exploring, understanding and stewarding our environmental resources for the next generation,” says Kālepa Baybayan, ʻImiloa associate director and navigator in residence.

This free event will feature hands-on wayfinding and navigation activities, makahiki games, special guest presentations, a featured documentary and live music. Regular admission rates apply to ʻImiloa Astronomy Center’s exhibit hall and planetarium.

Event participants can listen to stories from a few of the early voyager of Kahoʻolawe who were instrumental in the Native Hawaiian cultural renaissance—Pua Kanakaʻole Kanahele, the Kukahiko ʻohana, Emmett Aluli, Walter Ritte, Davianna McGregor, Craig Neff, Kalei Nuʻuhiwa, Billy Richards and Kālepa Baybayan with special musical guest, Jon Osorio.

For more information on the festival, please visit the website at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center website or call (808) 969-9703.

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