Career and Community Education
Sailing

Hawaiian Canoe Sailing - NEW

This course will teach you basic Hawaiian canoe sailing and navigational skills while increasing your swimming and water safety skills.  You will conduct basic canoe operations, including rigging, sailing, and caring for/respecting the canoe.  Students will also learn about Polynesian migration patterns, Hawaiian history and culture as it pertains to voyaging and the Kaneohe Bay area, and weather forecasting.  Students will be able to apply both traditional Polynesian skills and modern scientific methods while engaging in sailing and environmental exploring activities.

Prerequisite: Participant must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes and treading water for 30 minutes in the open ocean.

Instructor: Leimomi Kekina Dierks
Class meets: Saturdays,  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133, Kualoa Beach Park
Course fee: $190

FIT7010 9/20 - 10/25 6  mtgs.
FIT7010 11/1 - 12/6 6  mtgs.

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Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship - NEW

Lecture & Sailing


This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and seamanship by blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. An interdisciplinary approach is used in treating topics in Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archaeology of Polynesia and Hawai’i.  Laboratory/field trip course designed to acquire hands-on seamanship skills with Polynesian sailing canoes and apply knowledge of astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archaeology through sailing and environmental exploring activities.  

Prerequisites: Participant must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes and treading water for 30 minutes in the open ocean. TB and MMR clearance is required.

Instructors: Joe Ciotti, Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner, Floyd McCoy
Contact Hours: 81
Class meets: Tuesdays,  5:30 - 8:15 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133

Lab meets: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133 and Kualoa Beach Park
Course fee: $456

 FIT7000    8/26 - 12/09    27 mtgs.

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Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship - NEW

Lecture only

This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and seamanship by blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. An interdisciplinary approach is used in treating topics in Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archaeology of Polynesia and Hawai’i.
TB and MMR clearance required.

Instructors: Joe Ciotti, Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner, Floyd McCoy
Contact Hours: 48
Class meets: Tuesdays,  5:30 - 8:15 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133
Course fee: $342

 FIT7000    8/26 - 12/09     27 mtgs.
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Joseph Ciotti
Dr. Joseph Ciotti is Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at Windward Community College and serves as its Polynesian Voyaging Coordinator and Associate Director for the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium.
Dr. Ciotti directs WCC’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium and Center for Aerospace Education. He was selected as one of Hawai‘i’s Teacher-in-Space finalists for the Space Shuttle Challenger and continues to serve as a NASA Space Ambassador.
Floyd McCoy
Professor Floyd W. McCoy grew up on sugar plantations in Hawaii, in the midst of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.  His BS and MS degrees are from the University of Hawaii.  Studies of Hawaiian volcanism were extrapolated to the Mediterranean/Aegean region and the mega-eruption of Santorini in the Late Bronze Age, earning him his doctorate at Harvard.  Research continues on this catastrophic event and its consequences on Mediterranean cultures and the demise of the Minoan civilization, defining a new field of research – geoarchaeology.  Studies focus on natural hazards and their consequences on cultures, past and present.  Dr. McCoy is Professor in Geology, Geophysics and Oceanography at U. H. Windward, and on the graduate faculty in Geology & Geophysics at U.H. Manoa.  He has been a visiting professor at the Universita di Milano, and at the American School of Classical Studies (Athens); in 2007-2008 he was a senior Fulbright Scholar to Greece.  
Leimomi K. Dierks
The ocean and canoes are Leimomi’s passion and lifestyle. She is a Hokule’a crew member and has been sailing Hawaiian canoes for 18 years and paddling outrigger canoes for over 30 years.  
She is an educator with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, has taught Polynesian voyaging at Windward Community College and served as the Polynesian voyaging program assistant coordinator.  She also taught Hawaiian studies at Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School for grades K - 6, and was the program director for Hui Malama O Ke Kai, an after-school ocean recreation program in Waimanalo.
Leimomi is an actively sailing member with the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA) for the past 18 years where she served as an executive board of director for 10 years.  She also served on the board of directors for Lanikai Canoe Club for multiple terms and coached various age groups, including head coach.
   
Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner
Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner has been sailing on voyaging and coastal sailing canoes since 1995.  Crew member of the voyaging canoe Makalii, she sailed as watch captain on the epic voyage to Micronesian in 1999 to honor master navigator Mau Piailug.  Currently Bonnie is the program director of the Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy that aims to perpetuate the legacy of voyaging and non-instrument navigation to learners of all ages.