Start Date

20-4-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 11:45 AM

Disciplines

History of the Pacific Islands | Polynesian Studies

Subjects

Navigation -- Polynesia, Canoes and canoeing -- Polynesia, Hawaii -- Civilization -- History, Polynesia -- History, Oral history

Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to explore the historiography and significance of Mo’ikeha’s voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii. Traced back to around the 13th century, Mo’ikeha sailed from Tahiti to Hawaii using traditional navigational skills mastered by Polynesian voyagers. For years this was merely dismissed as a myth by European scholars, but in 1976 the Hokule’a recreated this trip using the same navigational techniques and traditional boat. Today, Mo’ikeha’s story will continue to live on, inspiring movies like Moana and proving the historical and cultural value of Hawaiian oral history.

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Apr 20th, 10:30 AM Apr 20th, 11:45 AM

Mo'Ikeha's Voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii: A Look into Polynesian Culture

The purpose of this paper was to explore the historiography and significance of Mo’ikeha’s voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii. Traced back to around the 13th century, Mo’ikeha sailed from Tahiti to Hawaii using traditional navigational skills mastered by Polynesian voyagers. For years this was merely dismissed as a myth by European scholars, but in 1976 the Hokule’a recreated this trip using the same navigational techniques and traditional boat. Today, Mo’ikeha’s story will continue to live on, inspiring movies like Moana and proving the historical and cultural value of Hawaiian oral history.