An interest for traditionnal navigation rose in the late 30’s (Kaimiloa 1937). In the 50’s various expeditions are organized and are purely for scientific purpose, mainly to study theories about the colonisation of the Pacific islands by the Austronesians. If making a double hulled canoe was relatively simple, navigate in the the immensity of the Pacific ocean requires a particular set of skill that was lost during the European colonisation.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and Hokule’a
The PVS is created in 1973 and work for the research and preservation of the polynesian traditionnal navigation techniques. Two years later Hokule’a was built and in 1976 the canoe begin his journey from Maui to Tahiti with the help of Mau Piailug a micronesian « master navigator » or « Palu ». The journey was a success, in one month, Hokule’a traveled 4000km accross the Pacific thanks to Mau’s expertise. During the journey, he taught and 7 « master navigators » were trained.
Fa’afa’aite the reconciliation
Fa’afa’aite, the tahitian canoe, became member of the Pacific Voyagers Network who include Hawaii, New Zealand, Cook islands, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. They have one objective : the reborn and the transmission of polynesian tradtionnal navigation with its cultural and environemental dimension. Built in 2009 at the instigation of Dieter Paulmann, founder of Okéanos (2007). Fa’afa’aite is the symbol of the reconciliation with our past. A way to re-discover some values and built a better future.