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Honolulu Community College to host Ocean Hawaii Marine Exploration Day

Honolulu Community College
Billie K. Takaki Lueder, 808-778-8589
Marketing/Public Relations
Posted: Jul 14, 2010

Hokule'a docked at the Marine Education and Training Center
Hokule'a docked at the Marine Education and Training Center
HONOLULU – Honolulu Community College in partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) will host a free public event for students entitled Ocean Hawaiʻi Marine Exploration Day in celebration of the college’s 90th anniversary.
Friday, July 16, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center
10 Sand Island Parkway
Students will have a unique opportunity to tour the Hōkūle‘a; learn how traditional canoes were built compared to how they are constructed today; make traditional cordage and learn how to lash or tie the cordage to keep parts of the canoe together; understand how ancient Hawaiians used stars to navigate to their destinations utilizing a mini-planetarium device; paddle 12-person canoes, and much more.  
Honolulu Community College is honoring the well-established partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) which began in 2003. The college will play an important role in the training of over 2,000 people in preparation for the 2012 World Wide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘a led by master navigator and PVS Executive Director Nainoa Thompson.
“Undertaking this monumental endeavor of a World Wide Voyage, has been made so much more easily achievable through the partnership with Honolulu Community College. PVS now has the educational resources and the base of operations that is important to the success of this extraordinary journey. It is our responsibility to transfer this knowledge to Hawai‘i’s keiki who are the next generation of navigators,” Thompson explains.

The Marine Education and Training Center (METC) is a state-of-the-art training facility ranked as one of the premier training facilities in the United States.   Honolulu Community College vessel fabrication students were instrumental in the refurbishment of the Hawai‘i Loa, Hōkūle‘a’s sister, melding traditional and modern methods.

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