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‘Imiloa Welcomes Home Kālepa Baybayan, Captain and Senior Crew Member on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

by Imiloa Astronomy Center on September 1st, 2017

‘Imiloa is very excited to welcome back Chad Kālepa Baybayan, newly returned to Hawai’i after three years as Captain and senior crew member on the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage (2014-2017).  Kālepa is resuming his position as ‘Imiloa’s navigator-in-residence, a role in which he will lead the continuing development of ‘Imiloa’s diverse portfolio of wayfinding-themed educational curricula, activities and materials.

‘Imiloa will host a special evening with Kālepa, when he will present his experiences and reflections on the Worldwide Voyage in a talk on “Bringing Home the Lessons of the Worldwide Voyage.” The event is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017, at 7:00 pm in Moanahōkū Hall. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear a firsthand report on the epic journey of the iconic double-hulled sailing canoe, Hōkūle’a, which traveled 42,000 nautical miles over 3 years, visiting 150 ports in over 20 countries, while training a new generation of navigators, educators, scientists and community stewards. Kālepa will discuss the lessons learned through the Worldwide Voyage and its mission to grow a global movement to “mālama honua,” or care for our place on island earth and its people. And he will share ideas for how those experiences can be applied here at home to educate a new generation to explore and honor our connections with earth, sea and sky.


Kālepa Baybayan has been an active participant in the Polynesian voyaging renaissance since 1975. In 2007 he was one of five Hawaiian men initiated into the order of Pwo, a two thousand year old society of deep-sea navigators, by their teacher, Master Navigator Mau Piailug on the island of Satawal. Kālepa has served as ‘Imiloa’s first Navigator-in Residence since his appointment in 2009, and we are thrilled to welcome him home!


Space is limited so be sure to purchase your tickets early! Member ticket pricing is $8 for UHH/HawCC Student, Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members. General admission tickets are $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 932-8901.

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