Kālepa Baybayan will share his knowledge of deep-sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea.
SPEAKER: Kālepa Baybayan, navigator in residence at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.
TOPIC: He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: In losing the sight of land, you discover the stars.
DATE: Nov. 30, 2017.
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Wentworth Hall, room 1 auditorium, UH Hilo (campus map).
This Maunakea Speaker Series event is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 p.m.
Baybayan will share his knowledge of deep-sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea.
Baybayan will also discuss the recently completed Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the epic journey of the iconic double-hulled sailing canoe, Hōkūleʻa, which traveled 42,000 nautical miles over three years, visiting 150 ports in more than 20 countries, while training a new generation of navigators, educators, scientists and community stewards.
Born and raised in Lahaina, Maui, Chad Kālepa Baybayan first sailed on Hōkūleʻa in 1975 and has sailed on all major Hōkūleʻa voyages since. He has served as captain on the voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa, Hawaiʻiloa and Hōkūalakaʻi. He was the site director of Honuakai, the Exploration Sciences Division of ʻAha Punana Leo. He currently serves as the navigator in residence at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center developing wayfinding activities, curriculum materials and conducting outreach.
In 2007, Babayan was initiated into the order of Pwo, a society of deep-sea navigators in Micronesia, along with four other Hōkūleʻa navigators by their teacher Mau Piailug on the island of Satawal.
About the Maunakea Speaker Series
The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, UH Hilo ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and UH Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai‘i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of UH Hilo.
For more information visit Office of Maunakea Management website or call 808-933-0734.