Bonnie's Open Road
Captain & Project Director
Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy & Mana Maoli
You have to know where 'home' is in order to know where you're going and how to get back.
- Grew up loving the water; in high school, she really developed her interest in paddling and kayaking.
- Went to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and was introduced to the art of traditional Polynesian navigation.
- While she was in Hilo, she watched the Hōkūleʻa—a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe—prepare for a voyage to Tahiti.
- She joined the crew that took legendary Polynesian navigator "Papa" Mau Piailug back to his home in Micronesia.
- She was also interested in education, and earned her master’s degree in transformative learning and change.
- Says that even as she was going through that master’s program, she was always trying to “stay close to the canoe.”
- Now teaches traditional voyaging and maritime skills at the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy.
- Says her job blends her interests in sailing, traditional navigation, Hawaiian culture, and teaching people.