Polynesian navigation notes


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    From Ms. Petteys:
    For ho‘olaule‘a this year, we learned that makali‘i uses solar panels (located on the stern of the canoe), but only for radios/phones for emergency communication and communication with the escort boats as needed. I thought it was very interesting to note that although they have additional technology now available (through a green source), they only use it to the extent they really feel they need to (essentially for safety) and not more. It brings us back to the question of "just because we can, doesn't mean we should" that has haunted various points of progress throughout history and certainly today. Non-instrument navigation is still (again) the way of Polynesian navigation. It's "green" in terms of resources used. Would everyone consider it "technology?" Just semantics to me, but maybe a point to elaborate on.