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Hōkūleʻa: Enjoying a Day Off

Being a part of the Worldwide Voyage is a privilege that each crew member is grateful for. As such, our kuleana, or responsibilities, are numerous and our days are packed with duties, events, and outreach, both on and off the canoes. If we are not careful to find a balance in our schedule, it is easy to become weary. That’s why we try to make the most of the few precious days off that we get as a crew—we all know that when it’s time to raise the sails again, you had better be physically, mentally, and spiritually ready to go. Here are some photos from a recent excursion that we took in Samoa after the busy week of the SIDS conference.

Even on our days off, we crave to get time in the water.  Here, Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia crew bond over some down time at To Sua Trench in Samoa.  (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Even on our days off, we crave to get time in the water. Here, Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia crew bond over some downtime at To Sua Trench in Samoa. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Taking a fearless plunge into the cool waters of To Sua Trench. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Taking a fearless plunge into the cool waters of To Sua Trench. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Four crew members time their jumps to by synchronized. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Keli, a quartermaster and cook aboard Hikianalia, smiles as she climbs down the ladder to join in on the fun.  (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Keli, a quartermaster and cook aboard Hikianalia, smiles as she climbs down the ladder to join in on the fun. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Crew members take a break in the action to smile and wave.  (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Crew members take a break in the action to smile and wave. (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Looking at a waterfall in Samoa.  (Photo by Daniel Lin)
Looking at a waterfall in Samoa. (Photo by Daniel Lin)

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A photographer and National Geographic Young Explorer, Dan has spent his career trying to better understand the nexus between people in remote regions of the Asia/Pacific and their rapidly changing environment. Dan is a regular contributor to National Geographic, the Associated Press, and the Guardian. He believes firmly in the power of visual storytelling as a vessel for advocacy and awareness, which helps to better inform policy makers. In 2016, Dan started the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative seeking to empower the next generation of storytellers from the Pacific Islands. Additionally, Dan is a crewmember for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a Fellow of The Explorers Club, and a member of the IUCN Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. He received his Masters Degree from Harvard University

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