HOMETOWN: Honolulu, Hawaii
PASSION: Sailing and Surfing
PROFESSION: Apprentice Navigator and Rescue Swimmer
(Hōkūle‘a; Polynesian Voyaging Society)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram
Austin Haloa Kino is a 2006 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, who received his bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010. For the past nine years, Austin has been an active member in the Polynesian Voyaging Society, training along side his Kapu Na Keiki crew members to sail aboard the traditional double–hulled voyaging canoe Hokulea in her upcoming World Wide Voyage in 2014. Hokulea is a great treasure in Polynesia because she opened up the pathway to Tahiti, “Ke Ala i Kahiki,” by being the first vessel in over 600 years to be navigated without the aid of Western instruments. Instead, they use an ancestral tradition of way finding that utilizes the celestial bodies and the Earth’s elements to guide the canoe. Austin has been selected as an apprentice navigator for the first leg to Tahiti, which set sail from Hilo Bay in May 2014.