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Friday, July 6, 2012

Hawai'i Mourns the Passing of Will Kyselka

Will Kyselka passed away Sunday, July 1st. 

Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society spoke these words, "Will has been one of the most important and crucial teachers that we have had in the whole 37-year journey of rediscovering our voyaging knowledge. He brought the vital need to connect and integrate science and technology with what Mau brought: culture and heritage. Will helped to design a new way to learn the heavens that could be taught to the navigators in the late ʻ70s, ʻ80s and ʻ90s, and that would guide Hōkūleʻa and the many other voyaging canoes that would follow. What he brought to the family of voyaging was his wisdom, guidance, years of service through education, values of caring and compassion, and 30 years of commitment and dedication to the success of voyaging. All of this helped to define and strengthen who we are as a family. Because of this, we are all deeply saddened." 

For more information about Will's life and his gift to voyaging, click here.

There will be a celebration with the voyaging family in honor of Will and his wife Lee who passed away on May 10, 2012. Details will be available shortly.

Click here for regular updates on Hōkūleʻa and Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

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