Hawaiki Rising

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Polynesian navigators

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Sam Low’s fascination with the navigation skills of his Hawaiian ancestors resulted in his new book “Hawaiki Rising” (Island Heritage Publishing, $24.99 on Amazon). Despite Thor Heyerdahl’s hypothesis that Polynesians drifted with prevailing currents across the Pacific, Low believes they were skilled navigators. He sides with a group of nationalistic Hawaiians who sought to prove that in 1973 by mounting a 2,400-mile celestial-navigation voyage against winds and currents to Tahiti aboard the replica twin-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. The book is a collection of his research and experiences sailing aboard Hokule’a.

February 2014 issue