July 26, 2010 – Mahukona, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
The late master navigator Mau Piailug was remembered by friends and family on the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday afternoon.
Relatives of the legendary navigator joined residents of North Kohala and other Hawaiian wayfinders for a special remembrance of “Papa Mau” at the Päpa’i at Mahukona, in view of the Maka O Hule Navigational Heiau.
Renown navigator Milton “Shorty” Bertelmann welcomed those who travelled from afar to be present for the event.
In this video, after music by Bruddah Smitty and Donald Kaulia, Kahu Danny Akaka, Jr led the gathering in an opening pule, and Auntie Pua shared an oli.
Piailug’s family shared stories of the Micronesian wayfinder who called Satawal his home.
Piailug is credited as the man who resurrected the previously lost Hawaiian navigational techniques, and applying them in the maiden voyage of the Hokule’a sailing vessel. The knowledge passed on through Mau also fueled the second Hawaiian cultural renaissance, for which the Big Island’s native peoples expressed eternal gratitude.
The Hokule’a sailing vessel will be making a journey around the state in memory of Papa Mau over the coming weeks.