Hokule’a 2007 Voyage to Micronesia Bearing Gift for Mau Piailug Ku Holo Mau – Sail On, Sail Always, Sail Forever
Hawaii's voyaging canoe, the Hokule'a, has undertaken yet another historic voyage across the Pacific Ocean, this time into the Western Pacific through the islands of Micronesia. The Hokule'a which departed from Hawai'i, stopped on the islands of Majuro, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Satawal, Woleai, Ulithi, Yap and Palau and is bearing a gift, the gift of the Alingano Maisu, a 56-foot double-hulled Hawai'ian canoe with a single mast. The Alingano Maisu is a gift from the entire Hawai'ian voyaging community to the people of Micronesia and Mau Piailug, the man who started it all.
In 1976, Mau Piailug, as its first navigator, guided the Hokule’a on a 2,300 mile voyage to Tahiti. Hawai’ian voyagers built the Hokule’a and wanted to travel the ancient sea-faring route to Tahiti once done by their ancestors, but they needed a navigator. They found their navigator in Micronesia. The trip was done in connection with the American bicentennial celebrations and marked the first modern-day seafaring voyage without instruments on this ancient Polynesian sea-faring route. Mau’s feat sparked pride in Hawai’ian and Polynesian culture and literally was the catalyst for a renaissance in voyaging, canoe building and traditional navigation that continues to grow today across Polynesia and even into Micronesia. At the time, Piailug was then one of last remaining individuals who still knew the art of traditional navigation (using stars, waves, clouds, wind, birds, etc.) in the Pacific. He was found on Satawal Atoll, State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).