New book on Hokule'a to be released this weekend

"Hawaiki Rising" was written by author Sam Low

Published  9:20 PM HST May 16, 2013
Hokulea voyage
HONOLULU -

It was 40 years ago that several visionaries came up with an idea that would become Hokule'a.

A new book, "Hawaiki Rising," is being released this weekend celebrating the history of the Polynesian voyaging canoe and the role she has played in reviving the Hawaiian culture.

Hawaiki rising is the story of Hokule'a, the educating of navigator Nainoa Thompson, and the role Hokule'a played in the Hawaiian renaissance.

While author Sam Low has been on several journeys, the story is told through those who dreamed up the canoe and made it a reality, like artist Herb Kane.

The book takes you through Hokule'a's lowest times to its highs, like when thousands in Tahiti welcome the canoe and its crews on its maiden voyage.

Sprinkled through the book -- the growth of navigator Nainoa Thompson.

"He will tell us land is there and all of us think, 'How can?'" said Low.  "And every single time, there it is."

Low himself was on board the voyage to Rapa Nui -- one of the most isolated places on the face of the earth.

More than two weeks in, the weather was miserable.  Nainoa could not use the stars.

"He hadn't seen the stars for three days and he posted Max up there and said, 'Look off the starboard bow.'  Sure enough, five-to-six-hours, there it was," said Low.

Low sees the book as having something for everyone.

"I hope those who perhaps live on the mainland, when they think of voyagers they think of Kon-Tiki.  They think of primitive raft.  They'll read this book and they'll appreciate the fact that the Polynesians were the world's greatest navigators and explorers," said Low.

And for those who have sailed her?

"For those young navigators and sailors coming board Hokule'a now, I hope they'll look back and see the teachings of the kupuna and how we got here and see the shoulders that they're standing on," said Low.

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