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Tahiti connection

A quest to discover Hawaii's roots leads to island-hopping in Polynesia

By Bill Haig
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2014

~~<p>Historians tell us that Hawaii was colonized by voyagers from the remote Marquesas Islands in the eastern Pacific about 1,700 years ago and later by Tahitians approximately 800 years ago. Imagine what it would take to set out on a vast ocean to perhaps discover an unknown land mass. Would you would have gotten into a double-hulled canoe with some friends and pushed off from, say, Waikiki not knowing where you were going?</p>
<p>Celestial navigation was not yet developed. Instead, voyagers would follow a star, any star, then track it in reverse and return if they did not find land. This would be repeated until land was found. Hawaii was discovered this way by the Marquesans.</p>
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Historians tell us that Hawaii was colonized by voyagers from the remote Marquesas Islands in the eastern Pacific about 1,700 years ago and later by Tahitians approximately 800 years ago. Imagine what it would take to set out on a vast ocean to perhaps discover an unknown land mass. Would you would have gotten into a double-hulled canoe with some friends and pushed off from, say, Waikiki not knowing where you were going?

Celestial navigation was not yet developed. Instead, voyagers would follow a star, any star, then track it in reverse and return if they did not find land. This would be repeated until land was found. Hawaii was discovered this way by the Marquesans. Login for more...



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