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Board Members

 

President Milton (Shorty) Bertelmann 
Kamuela, HI 96743
e-mail: sbertelmann@aloha.net  

- ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian)- Board member since 1994, President 2015 to present, Vice President 2012 to 2014 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a Co-Founder 
- Volunteer - Mentor Captain, Navigator, and Education Leader 
- Work Experience - Retired Construction Supervisor, Grace Pacific  
- Qualifications - Pwo Master Navigator (2007 Traditional Ceremony @ Satawal, Micronesia) 
- Voyage & Canoe Building Experience: 1975 Hōkūle‘a (began training, Papa Mau Piailug) 
  32 Years Apprenticeship with Mau Piailug
  1976 Hōkūle‘a, Tahiti Voyage 
  1985-1987 Captain, Hōkūle‘a Voyage of Rediscovery, Tahiti to Aotearoa 
  1994-1995 Supervised building of Nā Kālai Wa‘a Voyaging Canoe, Makali‘i 
  1995 Navigator of Makali‘i, Hawai‘i to Tahiti
  2002-2007 Supervised building of Nā Kālai Wa‘a Voyaging Canoe, Alingano Maisu 

Vice President Kaimana Barcarse 
Hilo, HI 96720 
e-mail: kaimanaonalani@me.com  

  - ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) 
  - Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member since 2012 
  - Education: Masters Degree University of Hawai‘i - Hilo 
  - Nā Kālai Wa‘a, Volunteer Crew and Education Leader 
  - Work Experience: Coordinator of Hawaiian Language and Culture, Kamehameha Schools; Alaka‘i, Honuakai: Exploration Sciences & Voyaging at University of Hawai‘i, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo; Program Director, Hawaiian Language Radio Show KWXX-FM, Hilo
  - Voyage Experience: 2014 Tahiti to Sāmoa (Hōkūle‘a World Wide Voyage) 

        

Secretary Norman Pi‘ianai‘a 
Kamuela, HI 96743 
e-mail: nap2matsonia@gmail.com 

- ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member since 2009 
- Vice President 2015 to present
  President 2012 to 2014 
- Education: MEd, University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa 
   Created and ran a summer sailing program for Hawaiian youth-at-risk 1974 
   Conducted research regarding Hawaiians in the University of Hawai‘i system
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a - Volunteer
  Mentor Captain and Education Leader 
- Work Experience - Retired Sea Captain, Matson Navigation;
- License / Qualifications: U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited      
- Master’s License - Pilotage for Hawai‘i ports & Qualified for vessels of unlimited tonnage and power, all oceans and any licensed deck capacity
- Voyage Experience: Voyaged with Hōkūle‘a interisland, West Coast USA and Japan
- Sail boats between Hawai‘i and West Coast, USA 

Treasurer Georgine Busch 
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 
e-mail: buschg@hawaii.rr.com 

    - Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member; President 2000 to 2004, 

    - Treasurer 2012 to present 

    - Nā Kālai Wa‘a - Volunteer 

    - Work Experience: Treasurer, Earl and Doris Bakken Foundation 

    - Other Boards Served On: Hawai‘i Public Radio 2008-2011

     The Bakken Museum, treasurer

       Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

       Friends of The Future

       Health Frontiers, treasurer

     Neighborhood Place of Kona

 

       

Director Pomai Bertelmann 
Kamuela, HI 96743 
e-mail: makawaa37@gmail.com  

- ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member since 2004 
  Vice President 2009 - 2012 
- Education: Hālau Wānana Native Hawaiian Teacher Cohort 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a, Volunteer Crew Member and Education Leader 
- Work Experience: 1997-2001 Nā Kalai Waʻa Program Coordinator;2000-2001 Polynesian Voyaging Society State Wide Sail Coordinator; 1999 E Mau Sailing the Master Home Assistant Voyaging Coordinator; 2007 Kū Holo Mau Sailing the Master Home Voyage and Logistics Coordinator; Instructor, Kanu o Ka ‘Āina Charter School 2001-Present
- Voyage Experience: 1995 Tahiti to Hawai‘i, 1999 Hawai‘i to Micronesia, 2000 Tahiti to Hawai‘i, 2007 Chuuk to Woleai, 2007 Captain, Woleai to Yap, 2007 Yap to Okinawa, 2007 Hiroshima to Yokohama, 2014 Sāmoa to Tonga, Tonga to Aotearoa (Hōkūle‘a World Wide Voyage) 

        

Director Deedee Bertelmann 
Kamuela, HI 96743 
e-mail: ddbertelmann@yahoo.com 

- ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member since 1994 
   President 2004 to 2009  
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a, Volunteer Crew and Education Leader  
- Education: Hālau Wānana Native Hawaiian Teacher Cohort  
- Work Experience: Teacher, Kanu o Ka ‘Āina Charter School 
- Voyage Experience: 1999 Micronesia inter-island, 2007 Micronesia inter-island 

  

Director Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner 
Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744 
e-mail: kahapea@gmail.com 

- ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member since 2012 
- Education: Masters Degree in Transformative Learning and 
  Change, California Institute of Integral Studies 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a, Volunteer Crew and Education Leader 
- Work Experience: Captain, Mana Maoli 1999- present 
  Project Director & Captain, Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy 
- Kahu, Pūnana Leo o Kawaiaha‘o 
- Voyage Experience: 1999 Hawai‘i to Micronesia; 2014 Rarotonga to ‘Aitutaki (Hōkūle‘a World Wide Voyage)

 

Director Maulili Dickson 
Kamuela, HI 96743
e-mail: Maulili.D@gmail.com 

- ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) 
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a Board member since 2015, Treasurer 1994-95 
- Education: AS Hotel Restaurant and Culinary Arts  
- Nā Kālai Wa‘a, Volunteer, Canoe Builder, Crew, Quartermaster  
- Work Experience: Restaurant Manager, Mechanic, Carpenter, Ranch Manager, Exec Director MCA Hawaiʻi Island (Waimea Office) 
- Voyage Experience: 1978 Hōkūleʻa Voyage to Tahiti, 1992 Quartermaster Hawai‘i to Tahiti, 1991 to 1993 Mauloa   Construction and Launch, 1994 to 1995 Makaliʻi Construction and Launch, 1995 Hawaiʻi to Tahiti - Quartermaster, 2014 World Wide Voyage Mālama Honua - Hikianalia Tahiti to Sāmoa. 


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