holo moana | open ocean navigation
Tour Stop F
The assemblage of ki'i pōhaku depicting the traditional Hawaiian lā (crab-claw sail) and papamū (checker board) coupled with the hālau wa'a (canoe-shed) tells of Kalaemanō's importance in the Hawaiian practice of holo moana or open ocean navigation. As a people surrounded by ocean, the ancient Hawaiians studied the stars and heavens which they utilized to navigate their course at sea. The night sky is clearly visible to the northwestern horizon and this makes it possible to see where important navigation stars set.
State Inventory of Historic Places 50-10-19-19211, -19194