The Training Ship Golden Bear, the 500-foot training vessel of The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), will arrive at Aloha Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii on Tuesday, May 21. Onboard will be approximately 320 cadets and 55 faculty and staff, all of whom are on the two-month international training voyage that includes stops in Lahaina, Cabo, Seattle and Portland.
Hawaii is second only to the State of Washington in the number of non-California students it sends to Cal Maritime each year.
The Training Ship Golden Bear's annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum offered at Cal Maritime. For the duration of each summer training cruise, Cal Maritime cadets are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel. All training cruises are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship’s captain and chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners.
Other activities planned in conjunction with the ship's visit to Honolulu are tours for prospective students and a reception onboard for legislators, local dignitaries, alumni and parents.
On Wednesday, May 22, alumni, parents and friends are invited to join us for a reception aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear. The Captain's Receptions are a long tradition and opportunity for our extended family to be a part of Summer Cruise at select ports of call. Registration for the event can be done here.
In addition, prospective students, their families, and school counselors are invited to tour the training ship on Thursday, May 23. Those interested in visiting can register here.
Later that evening, a benefit will be held for the Captain David “Kawika” Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Aloha Tower Pier-side Stage. The Dave Lyman Memorial Scholarship Endowment provides four years of scholarship assistance for students from Hawaii attending Cal Maritime. Those interested in sponsoring the event or purchasing individual tickets should visit www.davelyman.com or may contact "Leilani" Perchan at (808) 848-1259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Honolulu, the ship continues on to Lahaina before heading to Cabo. The ship and crew will return to Cal Maritime's Vallejo campus on July 12. To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear's two-month journey, visit the "Follow the Voyage" blog at www.cma-virtualftv.org.