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June 25, 2014

HPU-SEA Aloha ‘Aina Success

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist for Sea Education Association

Aloha Family and Friends,
We are happy to report that the HPU-SEA Aloha ‘Aina cruise (S253) has been a resounding success.  The students, crew, and faculty are well and the SSV Robert C. Seamans is safe and sound tied up alongside Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu, HI.  Our final task onboard is to give our home a thorough scrub and then students will move back to their familiar HPU campus home to clean themselves, I hope, before they meet with tonight’s guest speaker.

June 24, 2014

Day 4: Lanai

Sabrina Hutchinson, B Watch, Hawai’i Pacific University, Marine Biology


Ahoy S-253 Friends and Family!

Day four of our sailing voyage led us to anchor off the west side of Lana’i for the night before motor sailing to Manele Bay this morning. It’s hard to believe that our voyage is coming to an end already; it feels as though just yesterday we were coming aboard and learning the ropes (figuratively and literally!). In such a short amount of time we have bonded with the crew and each other while learning nautical skills including knot tying, sail setting, and steering. I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that we are truly grateful for all of the opportunities that this SEA Semester has offered to us, especially lifelong friendships and memories.

June 23, 2014

Falling in Love with Sailing

Heather Crosby, University of the South, Sewanee


Aloha Friends and family!

Wow! What a journey it has been!! I cant believe we are almost at the end of our sailing journey.  Over this short one week of sail time I have gained an experience of a lifetime.  From setting and striking the four lowers to collecting zooplankton from intense science deployments, this has been everything and more than I expected out of this program.

The last 24 hours has been the most exciting time on the ship.

June 22, 2014

Ship, Shipmates, Self

Christine Edgeworth, A Watch, Syracuse University


Aloha friends and family!

It’s hard to believe that it’s only day four at sea. The days have practically melted together as we’ve been jam packed with standing watch, scarfing down delicious food, deploying science gear, learning about our new home aboard the Robert C. Seamans, napping on occasion, and tapping into our inner sailors.

The first thing I learned after stepping on board the ship was a little saying that goes, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”

June 20, 2014

Food, Science, & Sunsets

Kelsey Glander, Franklin and Marshall College


We had a wonderful day sailing today as we headed south east. In the early morning hours, we finally passed the Big Island and made headway into the open ocean. A watch took mid-shift watch from 2300 until 3:00am where we observed the moon rise over the mountains of Big Island and learned about sailing in larger waves and stronger winds, as we went through the inter-island channels. Everyone took turns at the helm, learning to steer, and on bow watch or doing boat checks.

June 19, 2014

Departing Maui

Samantha Schildroth, A Watch, University of New England


Aloha family and friends of class S-253: Aloha ‘Aina,
After a morning filled with Man-Over-Board, fire, and abandon shipexercises, we are finally underway! We set sail off of Lahaina Port on the west shore of Maui at approximately 13:00. The first half hour was “all hands on deck” as we set our mainstay’s’l, forestay’s’l, and top s’l and headed south. We are currently headed out to sea to, as Jeff likes to say, “do science” (aka the fun stuff!) and will remain at sea until Tuesday when we will return to the island of Lana’i.

June 18, 2014

Moving Aboard

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist, Sea Education Association


Anchored just offshore the west coast of Maui, near the historic town of Lahaina, Maui.  This historic town was once an important commercial port built on the profits of whaling and sugar cane plantations.  Today it is a popular tourist destination due to pristine waters ideal for snorkeling/diving, sport fishing, access to the inter-island ferry terminal.

The students were soooo excited last night as they finally moved aboard their new home – the SSV Robert C. Seamans.

June 15, 2014

Oahu, Maui, & Lanai

Dr. Jeffrey Schell, Chief Scientist for Sea Education Association


Hello Family and Friends of Aloha ‘Aina – a collaborative study abroad program with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and Sea Education Association (SEA).

After a brief, yet influential and important week of classes at Hawaii Loa campus on the island of Oahu the students have now started to explore the islands of Maui and Lanai.  As we did on Oahu, the students are experiencing and learning about the history, culture, traditional practice and science of the Hawaiian Islands and wrestling with complex issues of conservation and resource management in an era of multiple stakeholders and competing, economic and cultural incentives.

June 05, 2014

Update: Class S-253, Aloha ‘Aina

Peg Brandon, President, Sea Education Association

Class S-253, Aloha ‘Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands, is off to a great start. However, the program has experienced an unexpected change in schedule.

We are currently working to address an unforeseen maintenance issue that has delayed boarding for the sea component. Despite this change, we are committed to continuing a high quality academic program. In the meantime, students are continuing their coursework and programming on shore at Hawaii Pacific University, where they’ve been since May 27.

As always, we are invested in our students’ experiences and will post updates as they become available about exactly how we expect the program to be impacted. We hope to have a timeline for repairs in place by noon Hawaii time on Friday, June 6.

June 03, 2014

S-253, Aloha ‘Aina: People and Nature in the Hawaiian Islands

Aloha Aina

The students of S-253, Aloha ‘Aina, will join the Robert C. Seamans by Thursday, June 5th. They will return to Honolulu around Wednesday, June 25th and finish their program with a symposium at Hawaii Pacific University.