In 1976, a voyaging canoe set sail from Hawai`i to Tahiti for the first time in over 600 years. Accompanying these mariners aboard their historic voyage was a single book. Over 30 years later, the tale told in those pages comes to life through the images of Herb Kawainui Kane and the vision of filmmaker Paul Csige.
Following a crushing defeat in battle, an island people are forced into exile by the victors. In a dream, the chief of the vanquished envisions hope in the form of a guiding bird that will lead them across the unknown sea to a new home.
Canoes are carved; provisions collected and so begins the voyage to find a new home. With only the stars and the promise of land to guide them, they sail north. But life on the sea is not easy. Fish must be caught for food and rain collected for water. Through windless doldrums and horrific storms, they persevere to find their new home, for there is no turning back.