Matson names vessel after “Papa Mau”

TAMUNING, Guam — Matson Inc. Guam was due to hold ceremony on Sept. 16 to name a vessel after Micronesian grand master navigator Pius “Mau” Piailug, also known in the Pacific navigation community as “Papa Mau.” The ceremony, with the Piailug family and the Yapese community in attendance, was part of Matson’s 20th anniversary celebration in Guam and Micronesia and took place at the Port Authority of Guam.

Piailug, originally from Satawal, is widely known for sharing his knowledge with navigators throughout the Pacific. In 1975, he guided the crew of the Hawaii voyaging canoe Hokule’a on its 34 . . .

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