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







II. Meteorology of the Pacific

Students research seasonal wind and weather patterns over the route of the voyage. This information will help the student understand the wind and weather conditions encountered by the canoe as it travels to Rapa Nui. It will also help the student understand and appreciate (1) the timing of the voyage; (2) the course strategy to Rapa Nui and to other destinations; (3) the difficulty of sailing to Rapa Nui, which lies 1450 miles upwind of Mangareva. Advanced Research: How are these seasonal wind and weather patterns created? Do the seasonal wind and weather patterns change from year to year or decade to decade or century to century? What causes these changes (El Nino, La Nina, Effects of Global Warming on Climate, etc.).

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Possible Activities: Comparing weather where the student is to weather on the canoe: Is the weather outside the same or different from the weather on the canoe? What is creating the weather in both places?