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Wayfinding Talk: Filming on Hōkūle‘a

by Brea Aamoth on July 16th, 2015

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center presents the wayfinding talk Voices from the Wa‘a: Documenting the Worldwide Voyage from the Deck of Hōkūle‘a, featuring Keoni Lee, Co-Founder of ‘Ōiwi TV on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. This program will feature the challenges of capturing a public record of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s historic 3-year journey to circumnavigate the globe on the traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, Hōkūle‘a.

Lee and the ‘Ōiwi TV team are serving as the official documentors of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Lee’s upcoming wayinding talk will take the audience behind-the-scenes on the Worldwide Keoni Headshot cropVoyage and discuss the opportunities and challenges of storytelling from the deck of a voyaging canoe. In this age of social media, learn how he and the crew of young Hawaiian storytellers at ‘Ōiwi TV are documenting this epic journey for the people of Hawai‘i and engaging a new global audience with Hōkūle‘a and Mālama.

“It is challenging to embed a documentation team on a traditional voyaging canoe, getting real time coverage, and access to the technologies needed. But the amazing places and people we meet and sharing the Hawaiian values of Mālama Honua with the world are incredible rewards,” notes Lee.

Lee is the key strategist for the media, communication and IT for the voyage, which so far has taken him on 7 international trips totaling 16 weeks away from Hawai‘i. He has just returned from Australia, where he has spent time on Hōkūle‘a.

Keoni Lee is a co-founder of ‘Ōiwi TV, the first native Hawaiian owned and operated television station. Founded in 2009, ‘Ōiwi TV is a “social enterprise media company” that produces top-quality documentaries, news and multimedia content from a uniquely Hawaiian perspective. As general manager, he oversees the day-to-day operations of ‘Ōiwi TV and focuses his “techie” skill set on developing content and engagement strategies that leverage technology to create a new model for community-based media in the digital age.

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.

‘Imiloa’s 2014-2015 wayfinding programs are made possible

through generous title sponsorship from Matson.

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