Huloo: The Remarkable Life of Loo-Chi Hu

1 hr, 6 mins2011

Loo-Chi Hu, affectionately known as Huloo, would be the first to say, there is nothing about me or my life that is remarkable; his opinion would reflect the humble, unassuming man he is. He was born in Yangchow, China in 1924, and before the revolution seriously studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan, the internal Chinese martial art, under master Chen Wei-Ming in Shanghai, which he feels helped improve his health and guide him during his feisty teen-age years.

A master mariner, he worked in the fisheries business in Taiwan; then, in 1955, he was one of a crew of six who sailed a half-century old Fuzhou flathead junk, called the "Free China," on a four-month journey across the Pacific Ocean from Taiwan to San Francisco, an adventure that made international front-page news. In 1967, he immigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand, as a fisheries' consultant, to make a life there with his wife and two children; today, numerous fishing inventions still used worldwide are attributed to this self-effacing octogenarian. In 1970, working with the United Nations, he was called upon to rescue the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his reed vessel the "Ra II" near Barbados. In 2002, Loo-chi was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Community Service in New Zealand.

Today, in his retirement years, Huloo continues to live modestly and devotes himself to teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan for health, offering classes in a shed next to his house. He continues to embrace each day of life as an adventure, downplaying anything he's done as remarkable, but certainly to all who learn his story and balanced philosophy, he is inspirational.