Haunani Kane Ph.D.

Haunani Kāne, Ph.D.

Navigator – PVS

Kailua, Oʻahu

Haunani Kāne is a scientist, surfer, and voyager. We first met Haunani aboard Hōkūleʻa as the proud sailing canoe completed a 3-year worldwide voyage. She was introduced to us as one of the next generation of great celestial navigators. Currently a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Haunani’s life is guided by the values and storied history of her kūpuna (ancestors). Using the ocean as her classroom, the sky as her blackboard, and islands as models for sustainable living, Haunani has found a unique way to blend observation and traditional knowledge to form a world view that focuses upon the similarities rather than the differences among western and indigenous science.