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Women comprise a third of Hokule‘a’s voyaging crew

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Question: How many women are on the crew of the Hokule‘a’s worldwide voyage?

Answer: There are 54 women on the crew roster for the traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule‘a and the newer, high-tech Hikianalia, said Sonja Swenson Rogers, a spokeswoman for the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

The total crew roster for the vessels is 166 people, as listed on the nonprofit organization’s website, That means women comprise about one-third of the crew roster for the entire worldwide voyage, which is being completed in a series of distinct legs over the course of five years.

Since you specified the Hokule‘a in your question, we’ll focus on the double-hulled voyaging canoe that has helped reinvigorate Hawaiian culture since it was first built and sailed more than 40 years ago, following the ancient wayfinding methods of Polynesia’s earliest explorers. Guided by indigenous wisdom that looks to the stars, wind, waves and other natural clues to navigate the open ocean, the Hokule‘a’s crew members are sharing the theme “Malama Honua” — care for island earth — as they travel throughout the world.

The voyage began in 2013 and is scheduled to conclude in Hawaii in 2017. The Hokule‘a carries a crew of about 12 people for each leg of the journey. The segment with the most female crew members was the Hawaii-Tahiti leg in 2014, when seven of 13 people aboard were female, Rogers said. The average per segment is about four women, she said. No women are listed among the crew on the current leg, to Brazil, according to the website.

You can learn much more about the voyage at, which includes crew profiles for specific trip segments; videos and photographs; and tracking of the Hokule‘a’s progress as the canoe circumnavigates the globe.

Public and private schools throughout Hawaii have incorporated the voyage’s themes of environmental sustainability, indigenous knowledge and global interdependence into their curricula. The voyage also inspires students to embrace a spirit of adventure, inquiry and responsibility as they become Hawaii’s next navigators.

Q: I bought a condo in Honolulu in 2002. I remarried in 2010. I changed my surname on my driver’s license and other things like that when I remarried, but I never changed my name on the deed to the condo. I want to sell the condo. Do I have to change my name on the deed to sell it? If so, how would I do that? … My husband and I are moving to the mainland, and we don’t want anything to hold up the condo sale but on the other hand I don’t want to spend any money or time on things that are not really necessary to do.

A: You do need to update the property records to reflect your name change, according to information from the Bureau of Conveyances, a division of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources that records titles to real property statewide.

You didn’t specify whether your property ownership is recorded in the Bureau of Conveyances or in Land Court. For the former you’ll need to supply an affidavit to note the name change, and for the latter you’ll need to file a petition to note the change, explained Nicki Ann Thompson, registrar of the Bureau of Conveyances.

The state does not issue pre-printed forms to handle such matters.

“We recommend that you contact a real estate professional or an attorney to draft and file these documents,” she said. “In most cases, this can be done simultaneous to your sale and be conducted through the title and escrow company handling the sale transaction.”


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