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The Discoverers of Hawai'i - No.1
They came in double canoes, searching northward into an unknown sea. Sailing on strange winds, paddling through doldrums, braving high seas and storms, they persisted in their quest for new land.
Behind them lay the South Pacific islands their ancestors had discovered centuries earlier. Observing plover and other shore birds flocking together each spring and migrating northward, they may have concluded that land lay in that direction.
Their spaceship was the voyaging canoe. Built with tools of stone, bone, and shell, assembled with the lashings of braided fiber, and powered by sails of plaited matting, it was the finest product of any culture that knew no metals.
In these unfamiliar northern latitudes they were buffeted by strong prevailing easterly winds. When seas came over the gunwales, they bailed. When gusts ripped the sails, they made repairs. Lashings loosened by pounding waves were tightened or replaced. When drinking water and food supplies dwindled, they went on scant rations. And they endured.
For these were the Children of Tangaroa, Sprit of the Sea, and of Tane, Tu, Rongo, mighty Spirits of Nature and and the most senior ancestors of the People as well as all other beings in the universe. While other explorers sailed with the comforting presence of the continental coasts on their beam, Polynesians faced the open ocean without fear as their own and only world.
(To be continued.)

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