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Embark on a remarkable new voyage without leaving your own school! 

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'Imiloa is continuing to expand our impact through our newest educational endeavor, MANU 'Imiloa, a mobile outreach program aimed at sharing 'Imiloa's unique brand of culture-based science education across Hawai'i Island! 
MANU 'Imiloa (Modern and Ancient ways of Navigating our Universe) sends 'Imiloa staff on the road to deliver an interactive curriculum inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society's epic Worldwide Voyage, designed to explore the skills involved in non-instrument ocean navigation, or wayfinding.
Propelled by Hawai'i's heritage of exploration and innovation, MANU 'Imiloa delves into the world as seen from the perspective of a way finder -- a navigator who navigates without the use of modern instruments. 
As a teacher or community event coordinator, you can choose between two types of MANU 'Imiloa outreach journeys:
NOIO (Non-instrument Orientation, an Introduction to Oceanic wayfinding)
Keiki, grades K-12, to Kupuna
The Noio, also known as the Noddy tern, is a land-based bird that has a pattern of flying about 40 miles out to sea in the morning and then returns to land in the afternoon. Never venturing too far from its coastal home, the noio serves as an important clue for navigators that landfall is near. 
Like those seeking the sensation of voyaging without traveling far from home, this interactive journey introduces you to the basic skills essential to the practice of the oceanic art of non-instrument navigation, or wayfinding. Gather around Kā Pānānā Hōkū, the Hawaiian Star Compass, or sit beneath Nā ʻOhana Hōkū ʻEhā, the Four Star Families, in our digital portable planetarium to discover how wayfinders rely upon their relationship with their environment to determine course and direction.
KŌLEA (Keeping Our Legacy of Exploration Alive)
Grades 7 & 8
Teacher’s acceptance into a MANU ʻImiloa: KŌLEA Flight is required
The Kōlea bird, also known as the Pacific golden plover, is among the world’s mightiest long-distance flyers and possesses the astonishing ability to navigate with pinpoint precision. Like the kōlea, one must be equipped with the proper knowledge, skills, stamina and support in order to successfully embark on and complete a journey of this magnitude.
Featuring the geometry and science that undergird the traditional techniques of wayfinding and Polynesian non-instrumental navigation, MANU ʻImiloa: KŌLEA is designed specifically for teachers and students in grades 7 and 8. This curriculum-centric experience enables students to find solutions to problems by making sense of the diverse relationships found in environmental patterns. 


To ensure a successful journey, this sail plan includes five essential components to provide our teachers with the support they need in order to deliver curriculum that meets the State Department of Education standards through culture-based education:
  • Teacher Training Workshops
  • Instructional Materials
  • Custom Traveling Toolkits
  • A Complimentary Outreach Visit
  • Teacher Support