Crew Profile

Solomon Kaupu




Moananuiākea Voyage – Leg 9: Ventura to San Diego


Solomon first sailed on a waʻa kaulua in 2020. To Solomon, voyaging on Hōkūleʻa is “a way to get out onto the water in the ways my ancestors would.”

He says what inspires him most about the Moananuiākea Voyage is that “I like the connection part of this voyage. Sailing to different communities in the Pacific and creating those relationships to put our ocean and challenges into perspective.” And he wants to see these kinds of connections made through all voyaging, saying “It is easy to dissociate with an area until you develop a relationship with the occupants of that place. It should be difficult to think about things like the Pacific Garbage Patch or changing weather patterns when you know it affects real people.”

As a Mariner by trade, Solomon says “Call it culture or personal conviction; I need to live or work as a part of the sea,” and he admits “the people are great too.” He says the only thing he misses while at sea is “my family; but, I'll always come back home.”