Penny Rawlins Martin
(20x16) Oil on Canvas
Penny Rawlins Martin was one of the first wāhine to retrace an ancient voyage from Tahiti to Hawai‘i on the Hōkūle‘a. The Hōkūle‘a is similar to the voyaging canoe that her ancestors crossed the ocean to settle in Hawai‘i. When one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society came to Moloka‘i to recruit Native Hawaiians on board, Aunty Penny wanted to participate. Aunty Penny who was 23 and Kiani Reiner, were the two wāhine selected. Not only blazing a path for wāhine, as a guide of Papahana Kuaola, Aunty Penny educates students and visitors about the culture and history of Moloka‘i through the telling of old mo‘olelo.