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Hilo Gets Support for Future Ocean Explorers

Posted on | July 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Hilo Gets Support for Future Ocean Explorers

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ʻImiloa Astronomy Center receives check from Alexander and Baldwin Foundation and Matson Navigation

Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi received a $7,500 gift from the Alexander and Baldwin Foundation and its subsidiary Matson Navigation Company to support their navigation and wayfinding skills workshop focused on training crew members of Hawaiʻi’s voyaging community.

The fourth annual crew training workshops, named ʻImi Naʻauao, focused its primary activities at ʻImiloa and moved to oceanside venues for observation and coastal sailing. Chad “Kalepa” Baybayan, master wayfinder and ʻImiloa navigator-in-residence, served as the program’s lead instructor.

ʻImi Naʻauao is a collaborative effort of the statewide voyaging community and provided an opportunity to engage the broader community in the culture, history and legacy of Hawaiʻi’s mariner ancestors. The donation funded program necessities such as resource books, food and transportation for aspiring navigators and crew.

“Since the inception of the modern day revival of voyaging in the mid 1970s, the voyaging community has experienced phenomenal growth with new voyaging organizations established across communities in Hawaiʻi and parts of Polynesia,” says Baybayan. “On a voyaging canoe, where values, language, and critical thinking skills all come together in hands-on way, programs like ʻImi Naʻauao are helping to inspire and engage people in science, technology, engineering and math in ways we never imagined. We appreciate Alexander and Baldwin and Matson’s commitment to this important mission and are proud to continue the voyage.”

Read the news release.