Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o recently co-navigated Hōkūleʻa as part of the Mālama Honua World Wide Voyage.

Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o is an Educate Associate and the Outreach Coordinator of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

She is a Hilo native, born in Keaukaha and raised in Panaewa. She’s also a member of the ʻOhana Waʻa. Celeste is an apprentice navigator who recently co-navigated Hawaii’s famed voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa, as part of the Mālama Honua World Wide Voyage, to the island of Samoa where her family village of Faleapuna is located.

She is currently a student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is set to graduate this fall with her degree in Culture-Based Astronomy Education, a degree she created to enhance her life and occupational passion and mission of promoting place-based teaching and learning of astronomy and science through a cultural perspective.

During the 1990’s, when the clash of culture and science surrounding astronomy atop Maunakea began to take rise, Haʻo’s fifth grade desire to be an astronomer caused a deep internal conflict – either choose to become a world-class scientist or choose to be a pono Hawaiian. It was in the seventh grade that she came to the realization that she could be both. Since then she has set out to be a bridge-builder that connects these two communities.

Join Haʻo as she recounts her personal story of how her determination to find balance and harmony amidst contentious circumstances ultimately set herself on a journey that would teach her how to navigate oceans of sea and space using both modern and ancient ways of knowing.

Ha’o will be speaking Friday, Aug. 28 from 7-8 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

For more information visit their website.