Honolulu Community College to host Pacific voyagers
Seven South Pacific vaka to moor at METC during Oahu stayHonolulu Community College
“On behalf of Honolulu Community College as well as the University of Hawai‘i System, we warmly welcome the visiting vaka to the college’s Marine Education and Training Center. This magnificent convergence of voyaging canoes from across the South Pacific is a first of this magnitude," said Michael T. Rota, chancellor of Honolulu Community College. "The college shares in the responsibility to extend our support alongside our friends at the Polynesian Voyaging Society to ensure their stay on O‘ahu is successful."
The Honolulu CC Marine Education and Training Center is a state-of-the-art training facility ranked as one of the premier training facilities in the United States. The college’s vessel fabrication students were instrumental in the refurbishment of the Hawai‘i Loa, Hōkūle‘a’s sister, melding traditional and modern methods.
Honolulu CC continues to honor the well-established partnership with the PVS that began in 2003. The college is playing an important role in the training of over 2,000 people in preparation for the upcoming World Wide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘a led by master navigator and PVS Executive Director Nainoa Thompson.