How did Hawaiians get to Hawaii?
Kono's wa'a wasn't the only Hawaiian outrigger to make an historic journey. Paddlers of a 60-foot, double-hulled canoe, called Hokule'a, used traditional navigation methods to replicate the voyage taken by ancient Polynesians around the Pacific Islands. The trip (which commemorated the U.S. bicentennial) proved anthropological theories behind the origin of oceanic peoples. New research, based on Hokule'a, found that ancient Polynesians may have even made purposeful journeys to California.