2000 Voyage Home. Photo by Sam Low
Native Hawaiian master navigator who crewed with Eddie Aikau on the ill-fated voyage of Hokule'a in 1978. Nainoa will soon embark upon a multi-year global voyage with the crew of Hokule'a, using traditional non-instrument navigational methods. This will be a rare opportunity to hear him speak about the impending voyage, Aikau, and the true culture of Hawaii and the ocean that permeates every facet of life here in Hawai'i. $10 donation to the Worldwide Voyage requested.
In 1980, Thompson became the first Hawaiian and the first Polynesian to practice the art of wayfinding on long distance ocean voyages since voyaging ended in Polynesia around the 14th century. Thompson has developed a system of wayfinding, or non-instrument navigation, synthesizing traditional principles of ancient Pacific navigation and modern scientific knowledge. This system of wayfinding is being taught in schools throughout Hawai'i the Pacific. In addition to being a navigator, Thompson is a leader with a vision, and a charismatic, spell-binding storyteller. The following accounts of the revival of voyaging and navigation in moddern times, the history of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the Society's long-range vision and mission for rethinking the future of Hawai'i, is presented, as much as possible in Thompson's own words-from his interviews, talks and writings.