Crew Profile: Kala Tanaka

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HOMETOWN: Lāhainā, Maui
PRIMARY DUTY: Apprentice Navigator
Kalā Baybayan grew up playing around voyaging canoes with her siblings and watched as her father, Pwo navigator and captain Kālepa Baybayan, left for and arrived from voyages. She learned sailing and navigation from her dad and other mentors in PVS. On her home island of Maui, she is an educator and apprentice navigators with Hui o Wa'a Kaulua, Maui's Voyaging Society. She teaches kids the star compass and the history of voyaging and dreams of being able to train them on the voyaging canoe Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani.

Though she has participated in several inter-island sails, crewing on Hikianalia from Hawai'i to Tahiti was her first long distance voyage. She relished the opportunity to sight land, to experience islands rising from the sea.

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