Pathway of the Birds


University of Hawaiʻi Press

Andrew Crowe


288 pp.


The skill of Polynesian navigators to discover and re-discover incredibly small and/or remote targets far exceeds that of early Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Indians, and Chinese. So how did Pacific wayfinders do this without instruments? Hawaiian master navigator Nainoa Thompson shares the key: ‘Everything you need to navigate is in nature. The question is, can you see it?’ In this illustrated, multi-level book, natural history writer Andrew Crowe elaborates at length on this extraordinary skill and how it contributes to a deeper understanding of one of the most expansive and rapid phases of human migration in prehistory. It was during this period that Polynesians arrived to and settled nearly every archipelago scattered across some 28 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, an area now known as East Polynesia.