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He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: “In losing the sight of land, you discover the stars”

Nov 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Kālepa Baybayan will share his knowledge of deep sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea.


The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday November 30, 2017 at UH Hilo Wentworth Hall Room #1. This exciting free lecture is open to the public and starts at 7 pm.

Kālepa Baybayan will share his knowledge of deep sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea. His talk will also cover the recently completed Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the epic journey of the iconic double-hulled sailing canoe, Hokuleʻa, which traveled 42,000 nautical miles over 3 years, visiting 150 ports in over 20 countries, while training a new generation of navigators, educators, scientists, and community stewards.

Born and raised in Lahaina, Maui, Kālepa Baybayan first sailed on Hōkūleʻa in 1975 and has sailed on all major Hōkūleʻa voyages since. Kālepa has served as captain on Hōkūleʻa as well as the voyaging canoes Hawai‘iloa and Hōkūalaka‘i. He was the Site Director of Honuakai, the Exploration Sciences Division of the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo Inc. He currently serves as the Navigator in Residence at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i developing wayfinding activities, curriculum materials, and conducting outreach. In 2007, Kālepa was initiated into the order of Pwo, a two-thousand-year-old society of deep-sea navigators in Micronesia, along with four other Hōkūleʻa navigators by their teacher Mau Piailug on the island of Satawal.


About the Maunakea Speaker Series 

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

For more information visit malamamaunakea.org or call 808-933-0734.     

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