Crew Profile: Catherine “Cat” Fuller

PVS Member Since 1994

HOMETOWN: Honolulu, Hawaii
PRIMARY DUTY: Watch captain
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Student navigator and sail repair
Cat Fuller first sailed Hōkūleʻa in 1994 after she helped to build the waʻa Hawaiʻiloa, then she sailed the 1995 voyage in the South Pacific to Tahiti.

To Cat, Hōkūleʻa represents the bridge between past, present and the future. In Catʻs internal spirit, she feels that many times during her 1995 sail, there were so many moments that if they were to tie the sweep down and just sit and watch, Hōkūleʻa would find her own way because their ancestors were there, guiding them.

Cat sees Hōkūleʻa and voyaging as a means of teaching children how to define their self and their values. She hopes to be able to extend the lessons sheʻs learned from voyaging to the communities she will visit and then back to her students in her classroom when she returns.

She would love to see and be part of the reason children will look more closely and carefully where they will want to live when they get older. She hopes that children will take the initiative to make positive and informed choices for themselves and their future based on the model of the waʻa life.

While out to sea she feels at home, when on land she often wonders what life is really real and craves to be out at sea.

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