Golden Rule arrives

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Helen Jaccard, the Veterans for Peace Golden Rule project manager, is excited after receiving a Golden Rule Day proclamation from Ellen Ching, representing Mayor Derek Kawakami, right, Sunday, as Kauai County Councilmember Felicia Cowden, left, waits to present Jaccard with a council certificate at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauai Sea Scouts use a dingy to row Golden Rule crew member Diana Bethel and guest captain Katie Thompson ashore Sunday at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Guests welcoming the Golden Rule wait outside the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Sunday while the crew secures the 30-foot sailboat at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    More than 100 people gather at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club to welcome the Golden Rule Sunday as the 30-foot sailboat makes anchor at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Golden Rule heads to its anchoring position adjacent to the Maeva trimaran Sunday at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Golden Rule crew adjusts its peace sail en route to its anchoring spot Sunday at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Golden Rule makes its final approach to Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor Sunday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Golden Rule first mate Adam Brewster, crew member Diana Bethel and guest captain Katie Thompson discuss final anchor for the boat as Hanalei School sixth-grader Nihoa Barca gets a photo from Josephine Bonaparte onboard Sunday after the sailboat arrived at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

NAWILIWILI — The small sailboat with a big mission, the Golden Rule, sailed into Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor Sunday.

A crowd of onlookers cheered, then enjoyed music, food and dancing to welcome her.

The Golden Rule entered Hawaii history books in 1958 when she attempted to sail to the Marshall Islands to disrupt atmospheric detonation of nuclear weapons, and sparked a worldwide protest resulting in an atmospheric nuclear test ban treaty in 1963.

Now Golden Rule has embarked on a trans Pacific voyage, sailing for a nuclear-free future. She intends to be in Japan for the 75th observance of the bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Her crew will host free events over the next two weeks, showing their award-winning short documentary video followed by a talk by a Golden Rule crew member, sharing the little ship’s storied past and today’s international, back-from-the-brink movement toward a nuclear-free future.

Meet the crew of the peace sailboat Golden Rule at these locations around the island:

• Thursday, Dec. 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Kauai Community College fine arts building;

• Friday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7 p.m., Storybook Theatre of Hawaii, Hanapepe.

• Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Kapaa Public Library;

• Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Kapaa First Hawaiian Church;

• Thursday, Dec 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Hanapepe Public Library

• Friday, Dec. 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Princeville Community Association clubhouse.

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