HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The voyaging canoe Hôkûleʻa is in many ways the icon of Hawaiian cultural resurgence. And it was a humble man from Micronesia who re-taught Hawaiians the art of celestial navigation. This Saturday, the epic story of Papa Mau will be told on screen at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival. Amy Kalili has more.
ʻO Papa Mau Piailug ka mea nâna i aʻo hou i nâ Hawaiʻi no ke kilo hôkû a hoʻokele waʻa ma ke ʻano kuʻuna, ʻo ia hoʻi ma ka nânâ wale i nâ hôkû a me ke ao kûlohelohe, ma ka wâ hoʻâla o nâ makahiki 1970.
Mau Piailug was the navigator who re-taught Hawaiians the lost art of non-instrument wayfinding during the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s.
I was always kind of entranced by that Mau story… in that he had come to Hawaiʻi 25 years prior and had really been the catalyst to help revitalize voyaging within the Pacific.
Director, Papa Mau: The Wayfinder
Ua puni mau au i ia moʻolelo o Mau.
Ma muli o ka mea nui o kâ Papa Mau i aʻo aku ai i ka poʻe Hawaiʻi i ulu mai ai ko Nâʻâlehu ʻiʻini e hoʻopaʻa i ko Mau manaʻo ma ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni.
Mau's important contributions inspired Nâʻâlehu to document this story.
The stories are super important to anybody who's talking about traditional knowledge, who's talking about revitalization of culture, who's talking about the importance of that in 2010 when arguably you could do all of these things with a fiberglass boat, a motor and a GPS. But there's still importance in the lessons that are learned in the way that they did it for thousands of years.
He pili kçia moʻolelo i nâ ʻano kûkâkûkâ like ʻole i pili i ka mâlama a hoʻôla ʻike kuʻuna a me kona koʻikoʻi i kçia wâ ʻoiai ʻo ka ʻoiaʻiʻo, ua hiki nô ka holo a hôʻea ma ka ʻenehana holomoana o keia au akâ, mau ke koʻikoʻi o ʻike kupuna.
A ma kekahi walaʻau ʻana me Mau ma kahi o ka ʻumi makahiki aku nei i ʻike ai ʻo Nâʻâlehu i ka pono e hoʻopaʻa koke i ko Mau manaʻo.
It was a discussion nearly 10 years ago that solidified Nâʻâlehu's commitment to seeing this film through.
And then he said, "Well, when are you gonna come to Satawal?" And I said, "When would you like me to?" And he said to me, "Well, the sooner the better. I'm not gonna be around forever."
Mea mai ʻo Mau, he mea nui ka hele koke ʻana i kuʻu one hânau. ʻAʻole nô paha lôʻihi hou aku koʻu wâ ma ʻaneʻi.
That conversation has always been the fuel as to why we needed to finish and finish right so that as many people as possible could see this piece.
ʻO ia walaʻau ʻana ke koi o koʻu hoʻopau pono ʻana i kçia a ʻike ka poʻe he nui.
It's a huge project. To get it done feels super good.
He pâhana nui a ua maha nô i ka paʻa.
E hoʻolele ʻia ana ʻo Papa Mau: The Wayfinder ma ka Hawaiʻi International Film Festival i kçia Poʻaono ma ka hola 5 o ke ahiahi. No ka ʻike hou aku no ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni, e kele aku iâ PapaMau.com. Aloha.
Papa Mau: The Wayfinder will be screened at HIFF this Saturday at
5 p.m. and next Saturday at 11:30 a.m.