The ancient Polynesians navigated across thousands of miles of the Pacific without compasses or charts. They were lead, instead, by the stars. It is estimated that only 10% of the United States’ residents can see the night sky in its natural, unpolluted state. One of the few places where it is possible to gaze on the same stars that those Polynesian navigators saw is at Joshua Tree National Park in the desert of Southern California. As you raise your binoculars to look at the Milky Way, and you realize that what looked like a cloud of light is, in fact, dozens of stars, you may find yourself overcome by the enormity of the universe and experience, for a moment, the aloha spirit.
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