2012: Events and News
2011: Events and News
Kau Wela (Dry Season) 2011
Hoʻoilo (Wet Season) 2011
2010: Events and News
December 2009: Training Sail to Palmyra
December 2008: Plan for a Training Sail to Palmyra and Christmas Island
January 2008: Ku Holo Mau (Voyage to Satawal) and Ku Holo Komohana (Voyage to Japan)
September 2006: Hokualaka‘i Launching; 2006 Malama Wa‘a (Caring for the Canoe)
August 2006: Kapu Na Keiki: Youth Training Program
December 2004: Navigating Change: NWHI Voyage Completed
Winter 2003: Northewestern Hawaiian Islands Voyage Postponed; Sail to Nihoa
Summer 2003: Marine Education Training Center; 2003 Statewide Sail
Spring 2002: Plans for Northewestern Hawaiian Islands Voyage
Summer 2001: Ocean Learning Academy
Spring 2001: 2001 Statewide Sail
Ho‘oilo (Rainy Season) 1999: Closing the Triangle: the Quest for Rapanui; Malama Hawai‘i Initiative
Kau (Dry Season) 1998: Restoring Hokule‘a; Center for Marine Sciences
Kau (Dry Season) 1997: Aloha, Wrighto; Project Ho‘olokahi
Ho‘oilo (Rainy Season) 1996-1997: Malama Hawai‘i: 1996-97 Statewide Sail
Ho‘oilo (Rainy Season) 1995-1996: Exploration Learning Center Launched
Kau (Dry Season) 1995: A Safe Successful 1995 Voyage; Northwest and West Coast Tours
Makali‘i (November-December) 1994: North to Hawai‘i, the Marquesas Connection, by Ben Finney
Hilinama (August-September) 1994: Hawai‘iloa Sea Trials, after Modification
Ka‘aona (May–June) 1994: Training and Education Sails; 1992 Voyage: 4. The Voyage Home
Nana (February–March) 1994: 1992 Voyage: 3. Sailing in the Cook Islands
Makali‘i (November-December) 1993: First Sea Trials for Hawai‘iloa Completed; Modifications Begin; 1992 Voyage: 2. Sailing in Tahiti
Fall 1993: Blessing and Launching Hawai‘iloa; 1992 Voyage: 1. Hawai‘i to Tahiti
March 1992: Building Hawai‘iloa
December 1990: Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program; search for logs to build Hawai‘iloa
March-April 1984: Announcing the 1985-1987 Voyage of Rediscovery
August 1975: A Voyage into Hawai‘i’s Past (1976 Voyage to Tahiti), by Ben Finney
1974: Plans for Launching of Hokule‘a on March 8, 1975
September 1974: Announcement of 3 day Polynesian Sailing Workshop at Kualoa Park
April 1974: Wa‘a Kaulua...Double Canoe, by Herb Kane. (Training on Nalehia, a 40 ft. double-hulled sailing canoe built by Ben and Ruth Finney in 1966; plans to build Hokule‘a.)

PVS Newsletter / December 2009

Click here for a PDF of the December 2009 Newsletter.

Training the Next Generation

Expanding the opportunity to participate in PVS's crew training program is another venue for our organization to perpetuate culture and traditions. According to Crew Training Director Bruce Blankenfeld, this is a golden opportunity for anyone who has ever entertained the idea of sailing on Hōkūle'a. There is something for everyone — be it sailing offshore Oahu, sailing between the Hawaiian islands or taking part in deep sea voyages.

Training Director Bruce Blakenfeld, working with Kamaki and Na‘alehu on navigation. Voyage to Tahiti, 2000

Beginning in May, Hōkūle'a will undergo an extensive dry dock. All hands are welcome and needed. All of this training will culminate with a four-year Worldwide Voyage, targeted to begin in 2012.

The theme for this world voyage is "Mālama Honua" where we share the measage of caring for the Earth and humankind, while honoring our heritage and perpetuating our culture.

Sailing on this worldwide voyage will require taking part in the Crew Training Program and Canoe Building/Dry Dock work. In addition, all crew must pass an ocean safety/swim test and have a clean bill of health.

Come down to register and get acquainted with the programs that PVS has to offer.

Experiencing Pristine Palmyra

On March 10, 2009, after 10 days of waiting for clear skies, crew members of Hōkūle'a and Kama Hele set sail on a training voyage to Palmyra Atoll. The majority of crew had never been on a deep sea voyage on Hōkūle'a. They depended on the experience and knowledge of Captain and Navigator Bruce Blankenfeld and the leadership of Kama Hele Captain Mike Cunningham and his veteran crew.

Everyone knew how difficult it would be to find this tiny isolated atoll — coconut trees being the tallest objects. To make things a bit more difficult, clouds covered the stars most of the voyage, including Hōkūpa‘a (North Star), a very important star to measure Latitude. According to crew member Jenna Ishii, "Bruce taught us how to steer by the swells and wind direction and how to use pairs of setting stars to know our latitude. After 9.5 days at sea, Keala Kai spotted the tiny sliver of Land on the horizon. Hundreds of dolphins and seabirds escorted us into the sparkling blue lagoon."

Palmyra Lagoon, from Hokule‘a

For the next few days, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guided crew about the island and took them diving. Never before had we seen an ecosystem so active and beautiful. Crew took hundreds of pictures to share and prove that magical places like Palmyra Atoll still exist in the world, and that if we protect Hawai'i's environment, our island home can thrive again. [Contributed by Jenna Ishii]

A Special Mahalo to Doonwood Engineering, Kaiser Permanente, The Hawaiian Education Council & Ke'ehi Marine for their support of this voyage.

Click here for a Worldwide Voyage website, documenting the Palmyra Training Sail.