The Crew


Chad Kalepa Baybayan

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Kalepa Baybayan
Age: 57 Chad Kalepa Baybayan will serve as a captain, first mate and navigator. Involved with the voyaging since the mid-1970s, Baybayan has crewed on all major sails throughout the South Pacific, the West Coast of North America, Micronesia and READ MORE »

Bruce Blankenfeld

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Bruce Blankenfeld
Age: 57 Bruce Blankenfeld will serve as a captain and continue his role as crew training coordinator for the worldwide voyage. Involved with voyaging since 1977, the pwo (master) navigator has sailed more than 100,000 miles, including expeditions to areas READ MORE »

Linda Furuto

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Linda Furuto
Age: 34 Crew member Linda Furuto will serve as an education specialist. Furuto first sailed on Hokule‘a in 2007, but her earliest recollection of the canoe is tied to a kindergarten project during which her class built and floated a READ MORE »

Jenna Ishii

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Jenna Ishii
Age: 29 Crew member Jenna Ishii will serve as an apprentice navigator and assist with education efforts. Ishii, who first sailed on Hokule‘a in 2008, is as an education coordinator for the Polynesian Voyaging Society. What does Hokule‘a means to READ MORE »

Mike Cunningham

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Mike Cunningham
Age: 72 Crew member Mike Cunningham will help maintain electrical and mechanical systems. Cunningham first sailed on Hokule‘a more than a decade ago, a trip to Maui. His first exposure to the canoe was nearly four decades ago, when Cunningham READ MORE »

Ka’iulani Murphy

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Ka'iulani Murphy
Age: 35 Ka‘iulani Murphy will serve as a watch captain, safety officer, educator, radio operator, videographer/photographer and apprentice navigator. Murphy first sailed on Hokule‘a in 1998, on a sail to Molokai. She later took part in voyages to Papahanaumokuakea, Rapa READ MORE »

Jason Kaholokai Tseu Patterson

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Jason Patterson
Age: 26 Crew member Jason Patterson will serve as an apprentice navigator, videographer/photographer, and a rescue swimmer. In addition, he will assist with sail maintenance and fishing. A canoe-builder, Patterson first sailed on Hokule‘a in 2006, on a sail to READ MORE »

Noelani Kamalu

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Noelani Kamalu
Age: 29 Crew member Noelani Kamalu will serve as an education specialist and youth leadership coordinator. Kamalu, a teacher at Halau Ku Mana charter school, first boarded Hokule‘a for a short sail in waters edging Oahu, as a high school READ MORE »

Austin Kino

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Austin Kino
Age: 26 Crew member Austin Kino will serve as a fisherman, rescue swimmer and apprentice navigator. Kino first sailed on Hokule‘a in 2005, on a sail to Kauai and Niihau. While in high school Kino got involved with the Polynesian READ MORE »

Marirai Maui Tauotaha

By Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2014
Maui Tauotaha
Age: 34 Crew member Marirai Maui Tauotaha will serve as media manager, handling matters ranging from photography to communications. Tauotaha, a senior editor at ‘Oiwi Television Network, first sailed on Hokule‘a in June 2010, on a sail to Molokai. His READ MORE »