closer to the stars it s an unforgettably beautiful moment when the dark of night spreads across the isles of polynesia. above the shadowy depths of the sea and without light pollution, a cloak of millions of twinkling stars illuminates the blackness. the majesty of these celestial bodies perhaps explains why the stars were such an important part of ancient polynesian society. these stars were used by early polynesian explorers to navigate their canoes across the ocean and colonize innumerable islands across the south pacific. on land, stellar activity decided the timing of the harvests, when to fish and even when to celebrate and pray. take a trip with us through the polynesian night sky.