Hawaiian Navigational Designs


 

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Design: Hokule'a

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Hokule'a (Arcturus): Pronouned Ho-Ku-LAY-Ah, it was a key star for locating the Hawaiian Islands. On the north-south axis, it is directly overhead at the latitude of the Big Island. Hokule'a translates as "Clear Star".

Hokupa'a (Polaris): Pronounced Ho-Ku-PAH-Ah, this star appeared in the northern sky once the voyagers had sailed north of the equator, and was then used to determine direction. Hokupa'a is located almost due north, and unlike other stars, does not change it's position no matter the longitude. Hokupa'a means "Fixed Star."

Na Hiku (Big Dipper): Pronounced Nah HEE-Koo, this star group is easy to find in the northern sky, and is an aid in finding other stars. The arc in Ha Niku curves to Hokule'a, and at its opposite end, the "pointers" lead to Hokupa'a. Na Hiku means "The Seven".

Na Hoku Ho'okele: Pronounced Nah HO-koo Ho-Oo-KAY-Lay, "The Guiding Stars"

Polynesian Triangle: A Western construct to aid in the understanding of Polynesian and Polynesian migrations.

 


 

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Design: Makali'i

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Na Mahoe: Pronunced Nah Mah-HO-Ay. The twins. Castor and Pollux are the Western names. Coincidentally, they are the main stars in Gemini.

Makali'i (The Pleiades): Pronounced Mah-Kah-LEE-Ee. The rising of this star cluster determined the timing of a voyage. Makali'i means "Little Eyes".

Na Kao (Orion's Belt): Pronounced Nah Kow, means "The Darts."

A'a (Sirius): Pronounced AH-Ah, it is the brightest star in the sky, in Hawaiian A'a means "Bright."

 


 

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Design: Hawaiki

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Hawaiki: Pronounced Hah-WHY-Kee, it Is the name of the legendary home for the Maori before they migrated to New Zealand.

Hokule'a: Pronouned Ho-Ku-LAY-Ah, it Is the name of a star (Arcturus) that was important in finding the Hawaiian Islands. It is also the name of a canoe that was used to re-enact voyages between Hawai'i and Tahiti in modern times, using only the ancient ways of navigation.

For more information, including modern voyages using only traditional methods, see the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

 


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