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New Offering Allows Guests to Learn Celestial Navigation Through the Legacy of Hōkūleʻa, Hawaii’s Famous Voyaging Canoe

KAPALUA, MAUI, HI – November 29, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a luxury Maui resort embedded in rich culture and full of storied history, is thrilled to introduce a new exclusive offering, “Na Hoku Mo’olelo” or ‘Story of The Stars Experience.’ Offered as part of the on-property Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment Program, ‘Story of the Stars’ will be led by Apprentice Navigator, Kala Baybayan, where she will emphasize the importance of celestial navigation by teaching guests the history of voyaging, how to use a star compass, and explain the significant role the Polynesian voyagers played in the migration from the South Islands to Hawaii.

Open to both resort guests and the local community, ‘Story of the Stars’ will take place every Thursday evening from 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on the Beach House Lawn underneath the stars. This exciting new offering allows participants to take a step back in history and think like the Polynesian Voyagers of ancient times as Apprentice Navigator, Kala Baybayan guides them on a journey through the history of the Hōkūleʻa canoe. Named after the zenith star Arcturus – which passes directly overhead of the Hawaiian Islands and has been named “the star of gladness” – the Hōkūleʻa canoe uses solely celestial navigation throughout its voyages around the globe.

“We’re honored to be with working with Apprentice Navigator, Kala Baybayan for this unique new offering at the resort,” says Clifford Nae’ole, Cultural Advisor at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “We take pride in educating and captivating our guests through distinct cultural experiences and are thrilled to be adding this exciting new program to the list.”

Baybayan learned the ropes of sailing and navigation from her father at an early age and grew up playing around voyaging canoes with her siblings. On her home island of Maui, she is currently an educator and Apprentice Navigator with Hui o Wa'a Kaulua, Maui's Voyaging Society.

Nestled within the 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua takes pride in its recognition and respect for Hawaiian culture and history. The resort proudly maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site – a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the resort, and serves as a destination where Native Hawaiians can gather to conduct ceremonial rituals and honor their ancestors. To further enhance the historical Hawaiian experience for guests and educate them throughout their stay, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua brought on the first Cultural Advisor of the Hawaiian Islands and Ritz-Carlton brand, Clifford Nae’ole, upon the resort’s opening in 1992.

For more information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.