Crew Profile: Kaʻiulani Murphy

PVS Member Since 1997

HOMETOWN: Honolulu, Hawaii
PRIMARY DUTY: Watch Captain
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Navigation student
Kaʻiulani Murphy graduated high school from Kamehameha in 96 and then from UHM in 2001 with a degree in Hawaiian Studies.

She is a PVS Education Specialist and an Instructor at Honolulu Community College where she teaches Hawaiian Studies – Voyaging. She is not married or has any children.

She found the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 1997 in her Fall semester when she enrolled in Hawaiian Studies Voyaging class in college. She was asked to help dry dock and when Hōkūleʻa was taken out for sea trials to Molokai she got to sail. When she didn’t get sick, after majority of the class did, she applied for a job with PVS and started working the summer of 2008.

She is looking most forward to reconnecting with her ʻOhana in the Pacific and strengthening old relationships and building new ones.

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