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SpacePortrait by Herb Kawainui Kane
Portrait by Herb Kawainui Kane.

Hawai'iloa: Seeker of Knowledge
Over 1,600 years ago voyaging canoes carried Polynesian settlers to these shores. Hawai'iloa, a modern version of a traditional voyaging canoe, is carrying Hawaiian culture into the 21st century. This online exhibit is provided by the Bishop Museum.

Herb Kawainui Kane
Herb Kawainui Kane (pronounced KAH-ney) is an artist-historian and author with special interest in Hawai'i and the South Pacific. He resides in rural South Kona on the island of Hawaii. His art has appeared on postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, the Republic of the Marshall islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and French Polynesia.

Pacific Islanders in Communication
Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is a national nonprofit media organization established primarily for the purpose of increasing national public broadcast programming by and about indigenous Pacific Islanders. PIC promotes programming which fosters a deeper understanding of the values inherent in Pacific Island cultures and which enhance public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islanders; that is, the descendants of the first peoples of Hawai'i, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and other Pacific Islands.

Polynesia! Polynesia!
Polynesia Polynesia! exists for the promotion and preservation of the unique culture of Polynesia in order that all Polynesians now living in the U.S., their children, and their children's children may know and take pride in their remarkable heritage. We provide the means and the vehicle by which Polynesians can receive assistance from those who understand them and share their desire to succeed and excel in times to come.

Polynesian Voyaging Society
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded in 1973 as an organization to research the means by which Polynesian seafarers discovered and settled nearly every inhabitable island in the Pacific Ocean before European explorers found the ocean in the 16th century. Since 1975, PVS has built two replicas of ancient canoes -- Hokule'a and Hawai'iloa -- and conducted five voyages to the South Pacific to retrace migration routes and recover traditional canoe-building and wayfinding (non-instrument navigation) arts.

Sailing the Master Home
Mau Piailug, a shy, humble man from the tiny atoll of Satawal in the Caroline islands of Micronesia, could be credited as a spark that helped to re-ignite the flames of interest in the Hawaiian culture. This site follows the 6,220 journey that will take Mau and the canoe, Makali'i, through the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, to the Northern Mariana Islands and the Island of Guam.

Traditional Navigation in the Western Pacific
Is there a primitive mentality essentially different from a civilized one? Or do people learn and mentally organize their experience in similar ways in spite of differences in their cultures and in the content of what they have to learn? These are the questions addressed in the this University of Pennsylvania Web site.