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‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding Talk: Seeking Samoa

by vrecinto on October 21st, 2014

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‘Imiloa Presents Voices From The Wa’a

Seeking Samoa: A Taupou’s Voyage Home
‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding Talk

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center presents the wayfinding talk Seeking Samoa: A Taupou’s Voyage Home on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This program will feature apprentice navigator and Hilo native Celeste Manuia Haʻo, as she recounts the heartbreak and triumph of her epic return to Faleapuna, her village of Samoa, and the stars that led her there. ‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding programs are made possible through the generous title sponsorship from Matson.

When Celeste Haʻo was 17, her Grandfather bestowed the title of “taupou,” the highest title a woman can have in Samoa’s cesi pictraditional society, one who is responsible for looking after the well being of her village. Haʻo recently co-navigated Hōkūleʻa as an apprentice navigator from Aitutaki, Cook Islands to the island of Samoa where her family village of Faleapuna is located. For her, this voyage was of extreme significance as it was a fulfillment of her promise to her grandfather ten years in the making to navigate and return to their islands the way her ancestors once did…“by way of the sea and the stars.” He also required that she share the knowledge that she gained as an apprentice under Pwo navigator Kālepa Baybayan. His hope, as is hers, was that it would inspire his Samoan community to leave their shores once again the way their kupuna did and to bring navigation back to the place where it all began.

This presentation will feature ʻImiloa’s world-class planetarium, as Ha‘o will orient the audience to the night sky seen through her eyes as a Polynesian navigator.

Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o is an education associate and the outreach coordinator for ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i. Ha‘o, born in Keaukaha and raised in Pana‘ewa in Hilo, with her husband are busy raising three young children. As a current student of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, she will graduate next fall with her degree in Culture-Based Astronomy Education, a degree she created to enhance her life and occupational passion and mission of promoting place-based teaching and learning of astronomy and science through a cultural perspective.

‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding programs are made possible through the generous title sponsorship from Matson.

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The program ticketing is $10 for non-members and $8 for members (member level discounts apply.) Tickets may be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone, using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or JCB, by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to, or call (808) 969-9700.

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