Hokulea visit opens month of maritime excitement

Instructors wanting to arrange field trips or tours for the Hokulea sailing canoe are urged to do so, quickly, said Dennis Chun of the Kauai Community College.

The Hokulea will be on Kauai from Sept. 1 through Sept. 13 and field trips and tours for students are filling quickly, Chun said.

The Hokulea will be anchored at the Hanalei Pier Sept. 1 through 7, and at Nawiliwili Harbor from Sept. 9 through 13. School field trips are available from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m., and 11 a.m. to noon. Public tours are available from 1 to 5 p.m.

On Sept. 2, Labor Day, public tours will be available throughout the day.

Contact Kanana Kuhaulua at 651-8712, or email NaKalaiWaaKauai@gmail.com to schedule a school tour.

Tying in with the Hokulea visit, Kyoko Ikeda, the international education coordinator at the Kauai Community College, said nine students and two faculty escorts from the Oshima National College of Maritime Technology will be on Kauai for an English program with a particular focus on the themes for Japanese immigration to Hawaii, Hawaiian culture, and nature.

Ikeda said during their visit with Kauai CC, the group plans on visiting the Hokulea.

Additionally, five professors from Japanese national colleges of maritime technology will visit Kauai CC from Sept. 4 through 21 for a professional development program.

Ikeda said the professors will engage in an English program as well as directed research program where some of the instructors will be focusing on the legacy of Kaiwo-maru, the Japanese training ship which used to visit Port Allen.

Community members who were involved in welcoming the ship and its cadets are encouraged to meet with the Japanese professors during their stay on Kauai.

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