Voyaging Chiefs of Havai‘i. Sixteen narratives of voyaging migrations and travels, from around Polynesia, by Teuira Henry & Others. 1995. 192 pages. Out of Print. Expanded and reissued as an online collection in 2000. Table of Contents to the right.

For stories of modern Polynesian voyaging, see KCCN Hawaiian Radio Cultural Vignette Series:

No Na Mamo: Hokule‘a’s 1992 Voyage for Education to Tahiti and Rarotonga (Radio broadcast, February to April 1993) and Hawaiian Voyaging Tradiations at

Cover photo by Kapulani Landgraf. “Na Wa‘a li‘ili‘i kioloa / The small long, narrow canoes.” Site in Kane‘ohe Bay. From Na Wahi Pana O Ko‘olau Poko / Legendary Places of Ko‘olau Poko. University of Hawai‘i Press. 1994.

Note: Boldfaced vowels (marked by a macron in printed texts) are longer than unmarked vowels in Hawaiian words. For example, the first “a” in Pa‘ao is longer than the second one. The ‘ represents a glottal stop in a glottal stop, similar to the sound between the oh’s in English oh-oh. An online Hawaiian dictionary can be found at http://wehewehe.org/cgi-bin/hdict.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Voyaging Chiefs of Havai‘i

The Discovery and Settlement of Polynesia

Ru and Hina – Tahiti

Hiro – Tahiti

Tafa‘i – Tahiti

Tangiia and Tutapu – Tahiti

Rata – Tuamotu

Aka – Marquesas Islands

Pepeiu – Marquesas Islands

Ru – Cook Islands

Te Erui Ariki – Cook Islands

Ruatapu – Cook Islands

Hawai‘iloa – Hawai‘i

Mo‘ikeha – Hawai‘i

Pa‘ao – Hawai‘i

Wahanui – Hawai‘i

Kupe – Aotearoa

Hotu Matua – Rapanui


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