Guided by the Stars_small poster
|Size:||10" x 10"|
This work superimposes the Hawaiian star compass and the voyaging canoe, illustrating the navigation chart that was
used by the earliest explorers, all the way through to the current day sailors on 'the Hokule'a.
The Hawaiian star compass divides the horizon into 32 distinct-houses. The House of Hikina corresponds to east, where the sun rises. The house of Komoh'ana corresponds to west, where the sun sets. Stars rise and set in a line parallel to the path that the sun rises and sets. The house that a star rises from is the same one in which it sets. Stars rise and set in a line parallel to the path that the sun rises and sets. This way, the recognition of a rising or setting star plus the knowledge of the house in which it rises and sets gives the observer a directional point of orientation.
In other words, to steer the canoe at night, if the star rises in a house - it sets in the same house. If we steer towards that star, and the subsequent stars that rise from that house, we can steer a straight course.
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