Kālepa Baybayan is captain and navigator of the Hawaiian deep-sea voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa, Hawaiʻiloa, and Hōkūalakaʻi. A participant in the Polynesian voyaging renaissance since 1975, Kālepa is the past site director for Honuakai, a learning center of ‘Aha Pūnana Leo. This nonprofit organization uses the double-hulled voyaging canoe Hōkūalaka’i to teach the Hawaiian language to participants, along with the Oceanic tradition of deep-sea navigation. Kālepa is navigator in residence at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i, developing curricula and materials that engage people of all ages in the indigenous art of celestial wayfinding.
Recorded at TEDxMaui 2013, held on January 13, 2013 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.