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Nov 10, 2019, 11AM–1:45PM

Moananuiakea – Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Still from Moananuiakea

Witness the voyage that began as a dream but became a movement.

In 1976, a voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing life into ancient myths and legends. More than four decades later, Hōkūle‘a continues to inspire a new generation of navigators and voyagers to sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific. Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe celebrates the historic worldwide voyage that connected countless individuals and communities from around the globe.

This voyage also represented the fulfillment of the vision of Nainoa Thompson and his contemporaries, who were trained by the last master navigator during the Hawaiian Renaissance during the 1970s. Now the mantle is being passed to the next generation of kānaka maoli who will retain the skills of their ancestors and perpetuate this tradition into the future.

This incredible film captures their global voyage and, in doing so, demonstrates the resurgence of a people and their culture.


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