Crew Profile

Lucy Lee


Pāpaʻikou, Hawaiʻi


Moananuiākea Voyage – Leg 3: Juneau to Ketchikan, Moananuiākea Voyage – Leg 5: Prince Rupert to Vancouver, Moananuiākea Voyage – Leg 7: Tacoma to San Francisco, Moananuiākea Voyage – Leg 9: Ventura to San Diego


Lucyʻs first sail on Hōkūleʻa was after her high school graduation in 2019 from Oʻahu to Maui. She says she gained immense “respect for the ocean and its navigators.” It “was challenging beyond words,” she recalls, “but it also allowed me to understand the beauty and complexity of what it means to holo waʻa.”

Lucy was one of the apprentice navigators tested on Hōkūleʻaʻs voyage to Papahānaumokuakea in 2021. She sailed on the Kealaikahiki Voyage in 2022 and now, after graduating college in 2023, she is voyaging on Moananuiākea, which to her, “holds the capacity and stories to change the world,.” Voyaging is a way to “further empowerment of indigenous peoples,” she says, and unifies
people around common goals like healing the ocean and the Earth, and “allows for a different pathway for young women to pursue and involve themselves in STEM.”

To Lucy, Hōkūleʻa symbolizes the “genius and resilience of our kūpuna and Hawaiians. She demonstrates a deep understanding of the importance of the pilina between a people and its ocean,” pushing you to “disconnect” from the systems on land and “reconnect with the systems of nature. Hōkūleʻa also represents the ability for something to be successful because of its connection to Hawaiʻi, not in spite of it.” Lucy also dedicates her work to Hōkūleʻa and perpetuating the legacy, as Voyaging Assistant at PVS.

When sheʻs sailing, Lucy misses her family, friends, ice cold drinks and the ability to reach over and turn on the AC. But, when sheʻs on land in her everyday life, she says “I miss being able to see the earth’s beauty completely unobstructed.”