Conference Schedule


1:00 pm
Introductory Session: Welcome Remarks – Dr Doug Haynes, Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion UCI and Simon Penny, Director of An Ocean of Knowledge.  

1:45 – 3:45 pm
Session 1: Marine Biology and Earth Systems Science  

  • Climate change and sea level rise – the big picture & impact on Pacific Islands
  • The impact of warming and rise on reefs and atolls, Dr Kristen Davis, UCI.
  • The impact of warming and rise on fishing and fisheries
  •  The impact of sea-level rise on Pacific geography, Dr François Primeau
  • Plastics, pharmaceuticals (etc) in the ocean 

3:45 – 4:00 pm

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Session 2: Maritime Practices: Boat Building, Sailing, Navigation, and Exploration

  • Settlement of the Pacific and Indigenous Maritime powers
    Finding the Way Home by Dr Judy Flores, University of Guam.
  • The boats, their design, construction, and sailing techniques.
    Empirical Mathematics in Constructing the Flying Proa by Mario Borja, with CHE’LU.
  • Navigation without map or compass. Non-western cognitive skills

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Dinner Reception (Outdoor Buffet)

7:30 – 10:00 pm
Keynote and Film Screening

  • Keynote with Mimi George of the Vaka Taumako Project, Lata’s Wayfinding System and Climate Science
  • Film screening and Q + A of We, the Voyagers: Matou, Nga Maku Puna o Lata (56 min, 2017). A new film on the Tepuke of Taumako. The premiere of the new film documenting the revival of indigenous seafaring traditions in the Solomon Islands.


10 am – 12:00 pm
Orthogonal Works site visit and Carolinian and Chamorro carving demonstration by Antonio (Tony) Piailug and John Castro

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Session 3: Cultural Survival and Indigenous Sustainability

  • Beyond Restoration – Building a Future on Ancient Foundations by Pete J. Perez, executive director of 500 Sails.
  • Larry Raigetal with Waa’gey, a community foundation based in Yap, the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • The Science of Wayfinding: Can Ancient Knowledge and Values Inform Modern Conservation Decisions by Angelo O’Connor Villagomez, Pew Trusts.

3:00 – 3:15 pm

3:15 – 4:00 pm
Session 4: Sustainability Initiatives

Closing Roundtables & Where We Go From Here

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Dinner Reception (Outdoor Buffet)

7:30 – 10:00 pm
Yap Film Screening Night & Q + A with the filmmakers

  • Spirits of the Voyage (30-minute highlights, 1996. Dr. Eric Metzgar.) Jesus Urupiy, a traditional navigator on Lamotrek Atoll in the Caroline Islands of the Western Pacific, resurrects an ancient Micronesian navigator initiation ritual called Pwo which is filmed for the first time.
  • Waa’gey: Mysteries of the Wayfinding Voyagers (22-minutes, 2016. Larry Raigetal) Waa’gey, a community-based organization in Yap, will share the documentary about their sail to the island of Guam (Guåhan) to attend the 12 th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FESTPAC) in 2016.