“Papa Mau – The Wayfinder” Screening & Talk Story

Join the U.S. Department of Hawaiian Relations and the BLM National Training Center, Media Services Office for a screening of “Papa Mau” – The Wayfinder.” There will also be a talk story with Brad Kaʻalelo Wong, former crewman for the Hōkūleʻa and current Department of the Interior Office of Native Hawaiian Relations Kapapahuliau (Native Hawaiian Climate Resilience Grant) Program Manager.

When: May 29, 2024, at 3-4 p.m. EST.

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In 1974, Hawaiians sailed the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa from Hawai’i to Tahiti and proved to the world that their ancestors had explored the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean by navigating with the stars. “Papa Mau: The Wayfinder,” is the story of critical role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in that voyage, and the rebirth of Polynesian unity and pride that followed. The Hōkūleʻa was built by members of the newly formed Polynesian Voyaging Society, who dreamed of sailing in the way of their ancestors. Shortly thereafter, a search began for someone who could teach them the art of non-instrument navigation, which had been all but lost until they met Micronesian-born Mau, who agreed to share his knowledge. Follow the remarkable journey of an iconic voyaging canoe and a new generation of Hawaiian navigators who, under the guidance of Papa Mau, revitalized and reclaimed Polynesia’s voyaging tradition.