Crew Profile: Frank “Frankie” Kawe

PVS Member Since 31/1

HOMETOWN: Tauranga, New Zealand
PRIMARY DUTY: Maori Cultural Representative
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Sail Experience, crewmember, and Captain of Hikianalia.
Frankie Kawe has been sailing and training with PVS for the past 20 years. He has mostly been sailing with Na Kalai Waʻa under the guidance of Matua Bertleman and the Makalii Ohana. He has also spent time with Papa Mau in Kawaihae and be part of the Alingano Maisu/Ku Holo Mau Project.

Whenever Hōkūleʻa was docked in Kawaihae, Frankie took advantage of the pleasures of getting to work on her and sail on her. To Frankie, Hōkūleʻa represents the Mother of all newer sailing Waʻa.

Frankie is looking forward to sailing her from American Sāmoa to New Zealand and “Reconnecting with the past while sailing into the Future” Frankie was part of the crew to sail Hikianalia from Honolulu to Hilo for the Commencement of the Worldwide Voyage and took great pride and appreciation in being able to be part of the blessing and launching.

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