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Hōkūle’a: Finding the Language of the Navigator

Directed by Ty Sanga

Cast: Arthur V. Gardner, Hector Ascencio aka Intricate, Jr aka Dopey Fresh, Michael Chicago aka No Name, Philip Mays aka Yung Phil

Reflecting on the significance of Hōkūle’a, a performance-accurate wa’a kaulua, or Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe, launched in 1975, master navigator, Nainoa Thompson, and anthropologist, Wade Davis, recall their experiences learning traditional navigation techniques from legendary navigator, Mau Piailung. Their reminiscences raise discussion about the deep wisdom of indigenous wayfinding methods, human relationships with the sea, and the future of traditional navigation. The story of Hōkūle’a emerges as one of intergenerational transmission and cultural inheritance of alternative, indigenous ways of knowing and moving through the world.

Plays in

Roots and Routes: Indigenous Legacies

This series of films is a collaboration with our National Multicultural Alliance (NMCA) partner, Pacific Islanders in Communications…

Dates & Times


The New Parkway Theater

Sun, May 22
4:30 pm