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'Voyage of the Navigator'

The mosaic honors the ancient Polynesian voyagers whose mastery of astronomical navigation allowed them to sail thousands of miles without the use of a compass.

The mosaic features a Polynesian boat, Mauna Kea in the background with a full moon and Maui's hook, the constellation Scorpio, in the sky.

Measuring 14 feet in diameter, the mosaic is handcrafted with 140,000 half-inch superheated powdered glass tile pieces manufactured by leading Italian tile production company Bisazza, which donated the gold-leaf tile for the stars in the mosaic.

The “Voyage of the Navigator” image is the property of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i, All rights reserved

In Hawaiian mythology, ʻŌhiʻa and Lehua were two lovers separated by the goddess Pele. Pele desired ʻŌhiʻa and when she could not have him she turned him into a tree. Lehua was devastated by this transformation and out of pity the gods turned her into a flower and placed her upon the ʻōhiʻa tree. Separating these united lovers is not encouraged, and it is said that when a lehua flower is plucked from an ʻōhiʻa tree, the sky fills with rain representing the lovers' tears.

Ki'i Ali'i Sculpture

by Raymond Leonard Krovitch

Donated November, 2005

The Ali'i petroglyph is an ancient Hawaiian symbol that is beleived to represent the Kahuna, or Chief of a group, village, or district.

Great picture. I like this dark background whith silhouettes on the horizon...

Great shot, Voted!

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LOST submarine prop in Moli'i fishpond near Ku'aloa Ranch, Oahu, HI.

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