Pacific Giant Mau Piailug Dies on Satawal
HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, July 14, 2010) – Legendary Micronesian master navigator Mau Piailug, among the last of his kind, reportedly died Sunday on his home island of Satawal in the Federated States of Micronesia. He was 78.
The revered traditional navigator used the ancient skills he learned as a boy, guiding Hokule'a 2,500 miles across the open ocean between Hawaii and Tahiti without charts or instruments.
The Honolulu newspaper quoted Piailug protégé Nainoa Thompson – President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society – as a giant among Pacific islanders whose contributions to cultural preservation are beyond measure.