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Bruce Mealoha Blankenfeld

Bruce Blankenfeld became involved with the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) in 1977 by volunteering on Hōkūleʻa training sails and with construction and repair of the wa‘a kaulua in drydock. Since then, he has voyaged thousands of miles throughout Polynesia, Micronesia, Vancouver, Alaska, Japan, and most recent World Wide Voyage. Through extensive training and experience, while sailing more than 100,000 miles, he became a master navigator and captain – using traditional, non-instrument methods. He led Hōkūle‘a’s recent, extensive renovation, and is currently the Vice Chair of the PVS Board of Directors. Mr. Blankenfeld is a popular and inspiring lecturer on Polynesian navigating, voyaging and wayfinding.

Bruce is a fisherman who remains active in the paddling community as a paddler, coach and president of the Board of Directors of Hui Nalu Canoe Club. He is a long-time kayaker and works fulltime as a stevedore for McCabe, Hamilton & Renny. Bruce lives on the island of Oahu and is married to Lita. They have two children and two grandchildren. 

Watch Bruce Blankenfeld's keynote address here: