Monday, May 28, 2007

Hawaiian sea-captain Kawika Kapahulehua Dies

Kathryn Bender/Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Kawika Kapahulehua, in an undated photo, asks for peaceful passage.


Published: May 27, 2007

Kawika Kapahulehua, who, in 1976, as the seasoned captain of the first ocean-voyaging canoe to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti in perhaps 600 years battled fierce storms, becalmed seas and a mutiny, died on May 17 in Honolulu. He was 76.

Ben Finney, the anthropologist who wanted to prove the trip was possible, did not give a cause of death, but said Mr. Kapahulehua had suffered strokes and a failed knee operation.

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