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Hōkūleʻa (Photo credit: ʻŌiwi TV, photographer Jason Patterson)

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center will continue to honor the spirit of the wayfinder at its 13th annual Wayfinding Celebration but, this time around, the event will take on a virtual talk story presence on October 23 at 4 p.m. ʻImiloa and the Ama Olukai Foundation are set to feature a panel of select crew members from iconic voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa. The free session will showcase the history of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s formative years, Hōkūleʻa: The Revival Begins, 1975–1980.

Audiences will hear Captain Gordon Piʻianaiʻa, Billy Richards, John Kruse, Snake Ah Hee and ʻImiloa‘s navigator-in-residence Kālepa Baybayan share remarkable stories and unprecedented experiences that led up to the iconic sail of Hōkūleʻa.

Baybayan first sailed on the Hōkūleʻa in 1975.

“Keeping our voyaging stories and connections alive is a kuleana that ʻImiloa embraces,” said Kaʻiu Kimura, ʻImiloa executive director. “We are anxiously excited to be offering our first ever live virtual presentation to share these first-hand experiences and are so very grateful for the continued support of the Ama Olukai Foundation and all of the presenters in making this available to the wider public.”

Ama Olukai Foundation Executive Director Dan Mclnerny will moderate the presentation followed by a question and answer session.

“Our mission is to partner with organizations that honor Hawaiian culture and traditions by preserving the ocean and land, and ʻImiloa is an incredible resource for our community that does just that,” said Mclnerny.

Registration is required. For more information visit the ʻImiloa website.

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