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Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars

A live-action fulldome film that tells the 5,000 year story of voyaging in the Pacific and teaches non-instrument celestial navigation techniques.

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: June 2013

Produced by: Bishop Museum
Directed by:




This live-action fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation. Learn how to read the stars and interpret the winds and waves to navigate without modern instruments. The film tells the story of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the recovery of the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrument navigation in Hawaii.

The film stands on its own as a 25-minute show but can be extended to an hour by integrating live, instructor-led elements to immerse the audience in an interactive learning experience. The first two live segments build to the third: a virtual trip from Hawaii to Tahiti and back with the audience determining when they have returned to Hawaii.

This film was produced in Hawaii by Bishop Museum and 1001 Stories in collaboration with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. A fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres


You can get this show from:
Loch Ness Productions
Bishop Museum

Show details

Shorter version runtime : 25 minutes
Full version runtime: 55 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13, 14 - 18, Adults
License: Traditional license, Short-term license
Resource & materials: Guide for educators

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome
Resolution: 2K, 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG, Live action, Audience interactivity
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1, Live performance
Languages: English

Production & Support

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Screened at 1 dome theaters and counting...


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