On Sept. 19, 2013, Actus Lend Lease LLC (a subdivision development company) donated their skills, resources and time to PVS for their annual, volunteer Community Day. On a hot, windless day, approximately 17 volunteers donated their time and skills to build, paint and organize. They donated all of the supplies, including wood, paint and gravel. And, their management donated food and drink for all who participated.
They helped us to build shelving and stairs for our storage containers, paint and waterproof the newest container (donated by Matston — Mahalo!), extend the roofing to further protect our supplies from weather, level the ground and remove a gnarled tree trunk, spread gravel to prevent runoff from around the area for health and safety purposes, and dispose of leftover construction and vessel maintenance materials.
The Marine Education and Training Center has housed the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hōkūleʻa since 2002. Part of the University of Hawaiʻi’s Honolulu Community College, METC partners with PVS to maintain a learning experience that combines voyaging, waʻa kaulua building and maintenance, and cultural knowledge with state-of-the-art, high-tech boat building and maintenance expertise. Together we have created — and are continuing to evolve — an experience-driven, culturally relevant format for training multi-generational voyagers, mariners and vessel experts.
Our storage area in the parking lot of METC is now clean, safe and organized. We aim to keep it that way. Mahalo nui to Lend Lease employees, trades people, contractors and managers for helping PVS to give a visible mahalo to METC staff and HCC for continuing to allow us to be their tenants and partners in our collaborative educational outreach to the voyaging/maritime community. As always, PVS is grateful to our old and new partners. Mahalo nui loa!