Since 2002, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center (METC) have been working together to develop a learning center that combines the voyaging and cultural expertise of PVS and the educational background of the University of Hawaiʻi into a new, experience-driven format of training for future students.
“We are just so fortunate, so lucky, that there was a Marine Education Training Center and that there was a place to finally take care of Hōkūleʻa,” says PVS President Nainoa Thompson. “[The METC] was a place that we could conduct the kinds of education that are tied to our values and contribute to the strengthening of Hawaiian culture.”
Honolulu CC would step up again in 2010, when tens of thousands of volunteer hours were donated at METC to repair and refurbish Hōkūleʻa in preparation for the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The college is continuing its commitment to further develop navigation curriculum by offering non-credit basic crew member training beginning in July 2017 at METC. Participants will learn about the history of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, parts of a canoe, seamanship and navigation basics.
Read more about the partnership here.