Honoring Hokule`a Master
Sailing crew shares stories on Molokai.
A 12-member crew from Hawaii and abroad is sailing to all the islands during August and September to honor one of its own – Mau Piailug.
Piailug began working with the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 1975, after years of learning navigation in his native Micronesia. He navigated the double-hulled canoe, Hokule`a, in its maiden voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976. The crew is currently sailing the original Hokule`a on its honor voyage.
Known as a master navigator and mentor of many by bringing back traditional Polynesian sailing techniques, it was sad news when he passed away on July 12, 2010, at age 78.