Voyaging … and Returning
Voyagers left to explore the world or to seek adventure. Others departed to find new land or new resources because of growing populations or prolonged droughts and other ecological disasters in their homelands. According to Hawaiian oral traditions collected in the 19th century, voyaging continued between Hawai‘i and the South Pacific after the original settlement of Hawai‘i.
The motives given for voyaging are various: Maintaining Family Connections; Marriage; Family Quarrels and Unhappy Love Affairs; Burial in Homeland; Acquiring Mana from the Homeland; Escaping Flood and Famine; Maka‘ika‘i (Sightseeing and Adventure) & Obtain Materials or Plants not Available on one’s home island.