Hawaiki Rising


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Island Heritage
Sam Low
Hardcover, 334 pp.

The true story of Hokule`a and the men and women who sailed in the wake of their ancestors to discover pride in their culture and themselves.

“The vision of Hōkūle’a was conceived in 1973, so the publishing of this book marks the 40th anniversary of her creation. Sam Low, the author, has sailed with us on three voyages, written numerous articles and now, after ten years of work, has finished Hawaiki Rising. This book is an important part of our ‘ōlelo, our history, and it contains the mana of all those who helped create and sail Hōkūle’a.”
Nainoa Thompson, Navigator

7 reviews for Hawaiki Rising

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Author Joe Holt

    Aloha! I received my copy of Hawaiki Rising from Uncle on Big Island as Hokulea was about to set sail on its World Wide Voyage. This book did much to help me understand Hawaii’s History of Polynesian Sailing and inspired me to support the multi year voyage. Mahalo Nui Loa!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon Torbert

    I have never been much of a “reader”, but living in Hawaiʻi and hearing about the Hokuleʻa from Sam Low at a “Talk-Story” made me want this book. Lucky me; I ordered from Sam and he was kind enough to write a personal inscription inside. What an amazing read! I SO loved this story and I learned about the stars and navigation and the courage, fortitude and passion that it takes to sail a voyaging canoe strictly by the stars, the wind and the currents. Absolutely amazing. When Hokuleʻa returned home from the Malama Honua Voyage around the world, I was drawn back to Hawaiki Rising for a second read. It was a book that I wanted to go on and on. Mahalo, Sam Low, for a wonderful book.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charnee Smit

    I found this book to be beautifully written, honest, and fascinating. I learned so much about the traditional sea wayfaring of the Pacific and about Hawaiian culture. You will not be disappointed.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill O’Halloran

    This book is a well told history of the Polynesian Renaissance and the resurgence of a proud cultural heritage. This book sits next to a copy of Vikings of the Sunrise written in 1938 by Peter Buck. I believe these two books to be essential reading for any one interested in Polynesian culture past and present. For sea faring buffs here is the story of an ocean going culture who using a sophisticated means of navigation not involving latitude/longitude and time managed to explore and colonize a huge geographical area centuries before Columbus and the Europeans! Mr. Buck sits the stage and Mr. Low reveals the fascinating story of a few dedicated people in the 1970’s who rediscover how it was all done and then proceed to utilize these amazing skills to rekindle pride of accomplishment and sail the worlds oceans in a way not thought of by any other people.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    One of the best books on Hawaiian culture and the Hōkūle’a that you can read. Countless insights that you will not get from much other literature. While I have read Hawaii Rising now roughly 3 times, the most recent was in 2 sittings, on my 10 hour flight while moving to Oahu. I had purchased a signed copy from Sam and it is something I will always hold dear. It’s a beautiful book for a beautiful land.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gaellen Quinn

    Great book on the revival of a wondrous ancient art and the people who sacrificed to make it happen. Full of profound stories because, as a master navigator once said, a large part of way finding is spiritual. Can’t think of a better place to buy this than Native Books. And you will get to see their beautiful new store now open in Kaka’ako.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    K Matsuoka

    A great introduction to Polynesian Navigation and wayfinding. Have recommend it to parents of older kids who loved Moana, to experienced Western sailors who followed Hokulea’s Malama Honua voyage, and can even be found in the USCG Eagle’s wardroom library. Serves as a perfect bridge to Will Kyselka’s ‘An Ocean in Mind’, Ben Finney’s ‘Voyage of Rediscovery’, and David Lewis’ ‘We, the Navigators’, bringing mainland readers up to speed on the history of PVS and why Hokulea is so important to the Hawaii and Oceana without going into the academic detail of the latter books.

    Makes a perfect gift for while also contributing the local community and as such, have personally purchased several copies for myself and as gifts. Bravo Zulu Sam.

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