The latest version of the Kilo Hōkū simulation was demonstrated at the February 8th Holiday Pāʻina of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. There, Pwo navigator Nainoa Thompson laid out his vision of a new School of Voyaging, and the next steps for the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
While demonstrating to crew and friends of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Kilo Hōkū team was thrilled to demonstrate the simulation for the first time to Nainoa Thompson, whose Native Hawaiian Wayfinding forms the basis for the simulation.
Upon starting the simulation, Nainoa exclaimed “Wow!” and immediately took to navigating using the steering sweep, pointing the waʻa to Tahiti. He discussed with our team how we built the simulation, the ways that we had constructed it. To have the creator of Modern Hawaiian Navigation use our simulation was a special occasion in and of itself.
“We need this for our School of Voyaging,” Nainoa stated. The new School of Voyaging is planned to be created at the current Marine Education Technical Center on Sand Island in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.
The Kilo Hōkū simulation is tentatively scheduled to be released to the public in Summer of 2019.