A report on traditional Polynesian navigation from voyager and writer Allyson Madsen in Pohnpei (Ponape)
the Federated States of Micronesia in the Caroline Islands:
“We are currently in Pohnpei and the traditional Polynesian voyaging
and a sister ship, Maisu
, sailed into the harbor last night.
As you probably remember, Hokule’a
made its maiden voyage 30 years ago, recreating the sailing routes of the early Polynesians. Navigation was based on information provided by Mau Piailug, of We, the Navigators
and The Last Navigator
fame. He is now quite old and has retired to his home island of Satawal in Yap, Micronesia. Maisu
was built as a gift for Mau to honor his contribution in reviving the practice of traditional voyaging. His son, Sesario Sewralur is a crew leader on the boat, which is being sailed to Satawal and will then go on to Yap island, where Sesario will teach courses in navigation and Maisu
will be used as part of an ongoinig education and training program. Hokule’a
is continuing on to Japan for a goodwill tour.