Crew Profile: Matt Caires

PVS Member Since

HOMETOWN: Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu
PRIMARY DUTY: Safety officer and watch captain
Matt's first time sailing on Hōkūleʻa was on Leg 24 sailing from New York to Virginia. To Matt, Hōkūleʻa is both physically and spiritually a vessel to help us connect to Hawaiian traditions, culture, practices, and way of life and to share them with to the world. Through her, we can stay connected to and honor our past and channel the lessons of our ancestors to guide our future.

Through the Worldwide Voyage, Matt hopes that Hawaiʻi's keiki can learn and be proud of their history and tradition and see how the Voyage has touched and changed lives all over the world. He hopes that through this, keiki will learn that many of us across the world have more similarities than differences.

While out at sea, Matt most misses ice cubes. When back on land, Matt misses the feeling of being forced to work with the elements - wind, water, sun and darkness - in order to survive.

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