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 3. Becoming a Crew Member

Questions for Students: You may either decide to join the actual crew of the canoe as a observer and reporter, or come up with your own crew of 12 from classmates, friends or people you know; or make-up an imaginary crew of 12 people. If you select a crew, whom did you choose? What roles would each crew member play? What criteria did you use to make your selections? Visit the PVS website to find information on crew positions and selection. Did you come up with a similar list of crew positions? Did you use the same kinds of criteria for selecting crew members? How can you account for any similarites and differences?

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