Papa Mau

Photograph of Mau Piailug by Steve Thomas. Reference Number: 2-E-01-01. Traditional Micronesian Navigation Collection, managed by the Pacific Collection at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library.

Pius Mau Piailug, master navigator from Satawal, Yap State, was a teacher of traditional wayfinding methods for open-ocean voyaging. Mau shared his knowledge with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. With Mau’s help, the group was able to sail the Hōkūle’a, a modern double-hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe, from Hawai`i to Tahiti.