Waka brought divine gifts to the Maori First Nation. For this reason the waka inspire kotahitanga (unity) even today. My mind wonders that if Hawaii, Rapanui and Aotearoa were all reached by Waka what would have prevented them from reaching the Americas?
The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand by the Maori occurred around 1280 CE at the end of the medieval warm period. Photo by Jimmy Nelson Maori, New Zealand