One of the highlights of my job is working with our many community partners. Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center has been home to the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hōkūle‘a for many years.
On May 29, I along with a mix of community leaders, crew members and voyage leadership, apprentices, educators, scientists, cultural leaders and others involved with the Worldwide Voyage (WWV) gathered to learn more about the World Wide Voyage that will take place from 2014 – 2017 traveling to 26 countries and 85 ports.
According to PVS, the worldwide voyage will be a catalyst for positive change in Hawai‘i by constantly learning from and nurturing relationships worldwide that share the values of, and responsibility for, caring for the Earth, her oceans and children, while honoring our heritage and perpetuating our culture.
Since April 2008, Hōkūle‘a has sailed over 17,000 nautical miles in preparation for the WWV and her restoration brought together more than 1,000 community volunteers to the Marine Education and Training Center, donating approximately 26,500 volunteer hours.
We are proud of our Honolulu faculty who are active volunteers with PVS to aid in this historic journey: Bob Perkins, Director of METC; Mark Kimura, instructor with our Small Vessel Fabrication program; and Ka’iulani Murphy, Hawaiian Studies instructor. Each of them is an integral part of Hōkūle‘a’s journey. To learn more about the WWV visit their website, www.hokulea.org.