Voyaging Gallery ‘Iolani

Voyaging:  The Art of Wayfinding

A selection of thalassic art from the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

January 29 – March 5, 2017
Opening Reception:  Sunday, January 29, 2-4 p.m.



Voyaging: The Art of Wayfinding, January 29-March 5, 2015


Sunday, January 29, 2-4pm in Gallery Iolani: James Kimo Hugho, crewmember on the original Hōkūle‘a voyage in 1976 to Tahiti. Kimo will be a guest during the opening reception to talk about his experience and introduce his recent book, Hōkūle‘a Ohana Wa‘a, Family of the Canoe, about the creation, voyages and the travails of the famed sailing vessel during its early years.


Sunday, January 29, 4 pm: Imaginarium show at Windward Community College. A special showing of Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, a locally-produced program that connects the culture, mythology and science of the sacred mountain will be offered free at WCC’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium for gallery patrons after the opening reception.


February 7, 5:30PM: Voyage of the Hōkūleʻa in Hale La‘akea, WCC Library Learning Commons Executive Conference Room. National Geographic Society 1977 documentary, The Voyage of the Hokule’a, tells the story of the preparation, sacrifice, and conflict that crew members underwent as they prepared for the 1976 voyage to Tahiti. Original crew member, James Kimo Hugho, who’s story and struggle is depicted in the film, will introduce the film and share his experiences leading up to the voyage in 1976.

February 28, 3PM: The Great Navigators of Earth, in Hale La‘akea, WCC Library Learning Commons Executive Conference Room. Hōkūleʻa crew member and apprentice navigator Brad Kaʻaleleo Wong will share his experiences on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the importance for us to take responsibility and action in caring for island Earth. Brad recently returned from the Panama voyage leg which started in Key West, Florida to the Panama Canal and back into the Pacific Ocean. He has also sailed on other legs, including Leg 4:Tahiti to Samoa and Leg 17: Brazil to the Virgin Islands.


Sunday March 5, 3 pm in Gallery Iolani: Ian Masterson

Nā One Hānau o Hōkūleʻa: Terrestrializing Cosmic Space in Hakipuʻu

Why is Hakipuʻu the birthplace of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa where she returns upon completing each voyage? That is where the stars bring those voyaging up from the south rested after a long voyage to Oʻahu from distant islands, a place where they could back sight the homeland, continuing to watch all the stars rise from the sea of Kai Koʻolau.