Alexander Selkirk’s Cave on Isla Robinson Crusoe

The inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe may well have lived here in this very cave on Isla Robinson Crusoe. ( 33°37’15″S   78°50’49″W for the GPS inclined!)

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The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS)

The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded in 1973 to carry out an experiment that would help answer some questions: how did the Polynesians settle the far-flung islands of the mid-Pacific – by accident or by design? Did their canoes and their knowledge of navigation enable them to sail purposefully over the vast sea distances between Pacific islands?

The ancient Polynesian navigators were about as close to magic as you can get, navigating over thousands of miles in the South Pacific with uncanny accuracy. This organization is dedicated to finding and retaining the Polynesian navigator’s skill set and culture.

For more about the The Polynesian Voyaging Society, click here.

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The famous proof-of-concept double hulled voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a. Photo by Monte Costa

For more about the Hōkūle‘a click here.

Israel (Iz) Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole serenades the Hōkūle‘a

 

While we are at it: Iz’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is priceless: