Crew Profile

Archie Kalepa


Lahaina, Maui, Hawaiʻi


North Pacific Gyre


Archie first started crew training with the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 1992. He has since voyaged countless times including to South Africa and, as Hōkūleʻa captain, from the Galapagos Islands to Rapa Nui during Mālama Honua, the Worldwide Voyage.

Archie also serves as Watch Captain, Rescue Swimmer, and Safety Officer. No surprise, as he was a well-known lifeguard, he helped develop rescue techniques and in 2012 was inducted into the Waterman Hall of Fame.

Archie is a lifelong learner and looks forward to being out at sea, studying the stars, and ocean waves.