Kilo Hōkū (t: to observe and study the stars) is a Virtual Reality simulation of sailing on a traditional double-hulled Hawaiian canoe or waʻa.

View from the rear of the Hokulea simulation looking forward.


The simulation allows the user to point at and identify constellations, and observe their location relative to the waʻa.  In this manner, users can learn about the basics of Modern Hawaiian Wayfinding.

Developed using Unity 3D for the HTC Vive, this simulation is being produced at the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.