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Voyagers of the Pacific
(Koa Wood Canoes)

For centuries and centuries, the humans who inhabited the earth felt the need to travel to places other than where they belonged for different reasons. Whether in search of food, shelter, or just curiosity, travel has always existed in one form or another. Ancient civilizations lived in a very different reality than what we are used to today, given that today's technologies were non-existent and resources were more limited. By then, GPS, maps, or the internet were something completely impossible to imagine for travelers, but mother nature provided the key elements that served as a guide and direction towards new horizons.

In the ancient culture of the Pacific, the Polynesians were pioneers in knowing how to take advantage of all the natural elements that were available for traveling. With the help of the stars, the sun, and the tides, these adventurers made it possible to make long journeys to distant lands, mysterious oceans and learn about different cultures.

But to be able to travel, that was not enough. Since the most popular way of traveling was through the land, creating a way to travel by ocean was a true challenge. Voyages of the Hōkūle'a prove that early Pacific Islanders were skilled voyagers whose connection to the water and land knew no bounds.

In the year 1800, the discovery of Koa wood changed everything, allowing islanders to move around and start building their canoes. The strength and durability in its composition made it possible to make them resistant enough to face any adversity and hostility that the ocean presented to them. Woodworkers quickly began to consider it a prized wood for its great versatility to assemble and create the tools that they needed.

Since only a small amount can be found on the five largest Hawaiian Islands, Koa wood is still as coveted as when it was first discovered. Nowadays, a high amount of Koa wood is exported from the islands to different parts of the world at considerable prices.



 

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