by Arlo Hemphill, Communications Specialist
Suva, Fiji. The islands of the Pacific are separated by thousands of
miles of deep, blue ocean. From space, they amount to little more than random
specks of sand and rock adrift in a vast watery world. Yet ancient mariners were able to
navigate these then unchartered waters and populate the lonesome specks,
becoming the Pacific Islander peoples of today. Unfortunately, their tradition of open ocean navigation has
been all but lost in modern times.
That is until recently.