Closing the Triangle


The Challenge


Rapa Nui Settlement

Rapa Nui Prehistory

Wind, Weather, Ocean Currents of the Pacific

Sailing Strategies

Geography, History, & Culture in the Eastern Pacific

Educational Curriculum for
Rapa Nui

Letter to Educators

History & Heritage

Virtual Voyage

I - Getting to know your Vessel
II - Sail Planning
III - Becoming a crewmember
IV - Provisioning the Vessel
V - Preparing for the Voyage

Research & Action Projects

I - Why We Explore
II - Meterology of the Pacific
III - Naked-eye Astronomy
IV - Sealife
V - Geography, History, Culture

How to Track Hokulea

Vision & Exploration

Exploring the Night Sky

Star Charts for Hawaii

Our Sacred Earth

Malama Hawaii Projects

Northwestern Islands







Planning and Preparing for the Virtual Voyage
For each step of planning and preparing, students first brainstorm, then do research and refine their plans and preparations. Each step is an occasion for a short, informal essay or oral report.

Step 1. Getting to Know Your Vessel

Students research what Hokule'a looks like and how she sails (e.g., points of sail, tacking, and windward ability). This information will help the student understand the course strategy for different legs, the great sailing skill it would take to reach Rapa Nui today, and the great sailing skill it took for Polynesians to reach the island over 1500 years ago.

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