An Ocean in Mind

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University of Hawaii Press, 1987 - Sports & Recreation - 244 pages

An Ocean in Mind poses a number of provocative questions about the ways in which the human mind acquires, utilizes, and transmits different forms of knowledge. Author Will Kyselka has woven an exploration of this theme around the story of the Hokule'a, a re-creation of a traditional Polynesian sailing vessel that completed a successful roundtrip journey between Hawaii and Tahiti in 1980. From this story emerges portraits of two men who played integral roles in that voyage.

Nainoa Thompson, a young man of Hawaiian descent, kept the Hokule'a on its 6,000-mile course using only the stars and the sea as his guides. He was inspired by Carolinian navigator Mau Piailug, a gentle, softspoken man with keen instincts and an unlimited understanding of the oceans and heavens derived from his Oceanic cultural past. Thompson also worked with Kyselka to generate a body of information concerning movement of the stars using the Bishop Museum Planetarium as a resource.

How Thompson was eventually able to forge these vastly different approaches to knowledge into a cogent wayfinding system uniquely his own, and his rediscovery of an almost forgotten cultural heritage in the process, makes for a thrilling adventure story.

 

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Contents

Convergence
3
In the Beginning
7
PolynesiaWatery World
11
Tahiti 1976
17
Kealaikahiki
23
High Wind High Hope
24
Stellar Clues
33
Journey by Starlight
43
Waiting for the Wind
113
Stormy Weather
121
Halcyon Days
131
In and out of the Doldrums
147
Speeding over the Equator
161
Slowing down South
171
The Bounding Main
187
The Wayfinder
201

Two Men Two Ways
55
Into the Smoke
65
Increasing Momentum
69
Singapore Swing
79
Strategy
91
In Peril on the Sea
101
Perspective
219
The Blessing
231
Crew Members on Hokulea 1976 1977 1978 1980
233
For Further Reading
235
Index
237
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