5th Grade Canoe Float

Our 5th Grade students recently completed a Hawaiian History lesson about how native Hawaiians first arrived from different parts of Polynesia in canoes. Their assignment was to create a double-hulled or outrigger canoe out of recycled materials. And just for fun, they floated the canoes in small bins of water to see if their own wind power could propel them to victory.

The lesson included the story of Hōkūleʻa - a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe launched on March 8, 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Hōkūleʻa is best known for her 1976 Hawaiʻi to Tahiti voyage completed exclusively with traditional navigation techniques using the stars, moon, clouds, birds and currents.