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Hawaiki Rising

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Hokule'a is built to follow ancient sea paths..

Nainoa Thompson searches the sky for clues his ancestors once used to find land across a trackless ocean...

Mau Piailug reaches out across barriers of culture and distance to pass on the seafaring art of his ancestors...

A crew bonds together with aloha on a voyage to Tahiti - the first Hawaiians to navigate the Pacific without
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published 2013 by Island Heritage Publishing
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Evan Ravitz
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adventure lovers
It's almost impossible to put this book down! I read Kon Tiki as a kid, and thought it was, as my Hawaiian friend says, "retarded loincloth fisherman lost at sea" who settled the Pacific islands. NOT! This book, winner of a Walter Cronkite award, a Ben Franklin award, Hawaii Book of the Year, and finalist for best nonfiction Book of the Year, tells how Hawaiians built Hokule'a ("Star of Joy" or Arcturus), a double-hulled sailing canoe like that of their ancestors, and then found Mau Pialug from ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gripping read in one sitting story of the rebuilding of the Polynesian voyaging canoe the Hokuleʻa, the relearning of traditional Polynesian celestial navigation and instrumentless wayfinding and the Hawaiian Renaissance of the seventies. Adventure, sea stories, daring, courage and lovely little portraits of players in the story. Very accessible work which leaves one yearning. Just yearning for different, better ways of being human. Could easily be set in high schools and would make a truly grea ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly amazing story, well told. For anyone who loves the sea, ships, or the islands of Oceania.

Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-the-world
Hawaiki Rising is the story of a piece of the Hawaiian Renaissance that has been happening over the last 30 years or so. Hokule'a is a double hulled voyaging canoe that was built in the 70s, a replica of the Ancient Polynesian Canoes that sailed throughout the Pacific without modern navigational instruments. The purpose is bring out Hawaiian pride, highlighting the skills of the Hawaiian culture, much of which has been suppressed and lost. The crew of the Hokule'a sailed to Tahiti, from Hawaii w ...more
John Brissette
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely excellent. Mesmerizing. Given I'm a frequent visitor to Hawaii who's adopted the islands as a second home. Yes Polynesian culture captivates me. But this real life, non fiction piece is so much more than a tale of the Hawaiian Renaissance. It is also a story of vision, drive, perseverance, courage & the process of raising oneself to an almost superhuman level in pursuit of a quest. A modern, Pacific based "Old Man and the Sea" in a way, this is now a favorite. I can usually tell how m ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book at first appears to be simply a history of Hōkūle’a, a “new” version of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe that successfully sailed to Tahiti using traditional navigation techniques and without modern scientific means/instruments. But the book is so much more.

It’s the journey of the Hawaiian people to discover their long lost cultural roots. It’s the journey of Mau Piailug, master navigator from Satawal, who sought to pass on his and his ancestors knowledge of the seas and the stars
Mary Mckernan
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A must read for all learning about Hawaiian rebirth of culture. Riveting, easy read.
Kylee Ehmann
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An amazing read detailing the revival of the ancient art of Pacific Islander navigation. It's amazing and I strongly recommend it for those interested in reading about small acts of resistance to cultural oppression, the ingenuity of humans, and the strength of a determined group. I learned so much, not just about ships and navigation, but also about why these ships were and are so important to the Hawaiian people. You get a real sense of the deep love that these crew members have for those in t ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Hawaiki rising refers to the sighting of an island by Polynesian ocean voyagers. The book chronicles the voyages of the Hokule'a, a seafaring catamaran built on the designs of ancient Polynesians, and the training of Nainoa Thompson, a young Hawaiian man, by master navigator Mau Piailug (the last of the ancient navigators) from FSM. Navigating from Hawaii to Tahiti some 2,400 miles by looking at the stars, the ocean wave patterns, feeling the wind, and observing wild life. There are several hair ...more
Neal Lemery
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful, insightful read on rediscovering one's cultural and spiritual roots, as well as learning the history of migration to Hawaii from Polynesia. This is well researched, yet also is rich in personal story telling and journeys, spiritual and educational. The writing is enriching and captivating, and full of life and introspection, as well as suspenseful. ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book opened up many worlds to me. I know very little about the history of Hawaii, about sailing or navigation, or the Hawaiian Renaissance. I found it deeply satisfying to read about all of these things and more in this book. One must have some interest in the day-by-day recounting of the story of a journey.
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was really interesting but as someone who doesn't know a thing about sailing I felt like I was missing out on a full understanding. The old school native Polynesian navigation techniques are AMAZING. But it definitely made me want to try sailing... on a nice calm lake. :)

Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I admit I had to skim through some of the astrological explanations but other than that I really enjoyed this read.
Helen Filisi
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved reading this book and so sad in parts but part of revival of the voyaging of our ancestors.
Jon Thysell
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This was an amazing book, and i have a much better appreciation for the knowledge and skills my ancestors had when crossing the Pacific.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting sailing story, though all the names and their individual stories are a bit confusing.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Not what I expected. I thought there would be more history, stories and travel of the past. This seemed more about current sailing.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
In anticipation of my first trip to Hawaii, my brother gave me a couple of books about the state. This is the first one I read.

What an incredible feat: to revive an almost entirely lost tradition and a tradition that is so fraught with danger, sail across the ocean with no instruments using only the ocean and the sky to guide you. What incredible people to put together this project, to stick with it and follow through. Nainoa Thompson is an amazing man for learning to navigate just from memory a
Aaron Baucom
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and informative read that follows the early years of the the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. Sam Low skillfully weaves together cultural, scientific, and personal plot lines to help us learn from and reflect on this time period. He captures the awe and curiosity towards ancient Polynesian voyagers; readers experience it as it was felt by the participants in this rediscovery process.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story of a grass roots movement from a people desperate to rediscover their roots.... and who succeeded in doing so.
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Sam Low has sailed aboard Hokule’a on three voyages – from Mangareva to Rapa Nui in 1999, Tahiti to Hawaii in 2000 and from Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia to Satawal in 2007. He also accompanied the canoe aboard an escort vessel from Tahiti to the Marquesas and on to Hawaii in 1995. The story of Polynesian voyaging has fascinated him most of his life. In 1983, after traveling througho ...more

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