Crew Profile

Dillyn Lietzke


Mānoa, Hawaiʻi


Moananuiākea Voyage – Leg 4: Ketchikan to Prince Rupert


Dilllynʻs first time sailing on a waʻa kaulua was when she was still a teenager in 2017 and she had an opportunity to sail off Haleʻiwa on Wanana Paoa. Since then she has been involved as a PVS volunteer at dry dock with Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, has had opportunities to sail, and as a high school student spearheaded the building of coastal sailing canoe Kamaola at Punahou School, which is now an offering in its curriculum.

Dillyn is now a college student and she says itʻs hard to answer what Hōkūleʻa means to her, “But one thing is Hōkūleʻa is a symbol of hope. She also has a motherly energy and seems to carry us to our destination both literally and metaphorically. Itʻs truly humbling to stand on board and sail on her.” She would love to see voyaging bring people together to “enact positive change” and “to see keiki in Hawaiʻi gain connections to voyaging and gain a new perspective and appreciation for our pae ʻaina.” On Moananuiākea she looks forward to connecting “with cultures and people,” to “stand for change towards a more sustainable future,” and “I also want to continue to learn on board and build pilina with our fellow ʻohana waʻa.”

When voyaging, Dillyn says what she misses most is “Ice water!” But once she finds that on land, she misses “how simple life is on the waʻa. Our kuleana is big on board but we are able to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with ourselves in a different way. It really shows what you need in life and what you donʻt.”