The double-hulled canoes were two large hulls, equal in length, and lashed side by side.The space between the paralleled canoes allowed for storage of food, hunting materials, and nets when embarking on long voyages.
Lapita pottery persisted in places such as Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji for many years after its upbringing to Western and Central Polynesia.However, pottery-making died out in most of Polynesia due to the scarcity of clay on the islands.In this region, the distinctive Polynesian culture developed.The Polynesians are then believed to have spread eastward from the Samoan Islands into the Marquesas, the Society Islands, the Hawaiian Islands and Easter Island; and south to New Zealand.It is also believed that Polynesians employed shore-sighting birds as did many seafaring peoples.
One theory is that they would have taken a frigatebird (Fregata) with them.
as tribes whose natives were thought to have previously arrived from mainland South China about 8000 years ago – into the edges of western Micronesia and on into Melanesia.
In the archaeological record there are well-defined traces of this expansion which allow the path it took to be followed and dated with a degree of certainty.
In the mid-2nd millennium BC a distinctive culture appeared suddenly in north-west Melanesia, in the Bismarck Archipelago, the chain of islands forming a great arch from New Britain to the Admiralty Islands.
This culture, known as Lapita, stands out in the Melanesian archeological record, with its large permanent villages on beach terraces along the coasts.
There are numerous traditional Polynesian devices used for navigating and/or teaching navigation.