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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.


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