Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner

Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner

Captain & Project Director


Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy & Mana Maoli

Honolulu, HI USA


You have to know where 'home' is in order to know where you're going and how to get back.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
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.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Graduate
Counseling Psychology
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Doctorate
Organizational Leadership
California Institute of Integral Studies

Career

Captain & Project Director

I inspire others to reach their potential and educate students about Hawaiian culture and traditions.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

While having a cup of tea, walk down to the water, observe whats happening in the environment--where is the sun, whats the wind like, whats the tide, etc. As the staff and crew arrive, prepare for the school group that is coming today. As we all prepare and get ready for the day, everyone gets assigned their responsibilities. After the school group leaves, we clean up, get back to paperwork and emails, maybe have lunch together and talk about the day and get ready for the next day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to have passion to learn and then to share what you have learned to the next generation. You have to seek out the knowledge and donʻt expect it to come to you. Then you have to get out there and practice as much as you can. Also surround yourself with good people and treat the people you learn from with utmost respect.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Follow your dreams and passions. Work hard, show up early and stay late!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
graduate
Graduate
Counseling Psychology
doctorate
Doctorate
Organizational Leadership

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't know who I am. "