Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Schools Out, But the Learning Doesn’t Stop!


On June 17, 2017 the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa arrived home at Magic Island after her 3 year epic voyage around the world.

The Hōkūleʻa - our Star of Gladness, is a double-hull voyaging canoe that was built to sail the seas the same way that the ancient Polynesians navigated and voyaged years ago.  After it was launched in 1975, crewmembers from the Polynesian Voyaging Society set sail for Tahiti from Maui on May 1, 1976.

From the time that she was built and launched in the 1970s, the Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe—she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing.


As the Battleship Missouri floats in the Hawaiian waters as well, the two vessels share an unconventional relationship and morale. Both vessels resemble a drive and purpose for those that cherish the beauty of sea voyage. They symbolize courage and peace for those that took on the mission to sail on them and approached different parts of the world in efforts of peace and new relationships.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial welcomes fourth grade students to take park in an interactive learning experience with its Journey with the Stars program.


The program includes pre-visit and post-visit materials and lesson plans for classroom teachers to use to help enrich the museum experience. Participation in this astronomy and history based program includes an engaging and interactive museum visit with a planetarium experience, hands-on practice with current GPS technology, observation and application of traditional celestial navigation tools,  and an overview of the discovery and settlement of Polynesia and the Polynesian Islands.

Participation in this program provides students with a greater understanding of Hawaiian history, celestial navigation and stellar astronomy, and the use of current technology for aquatic navigation. Throughout the lesson, students demonstrate critical thinking skills in math, science, language arts, history, and public speaking.

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The potential of bringing the Hōkūleʻa into Pearl Harbor would be a very momentous and
unforgettable experience beyond our wildest dreams.