Floating classroom provides hands-on seamanship training to students

California Maritime Academy

One of the world’s largest floating classrooms is docked next to Aloha Tower this week.

The California Maritime Academy training ship, “Golden Bear” carries more than 300 students for several weeks.

It travels between Hawaii and the west coast, providing hands on training in all aspects of seamanship.

The crew includes some local boys.

“The hand on stuff we do at school we come out here and really see when at sea,” Saint Louis School graduate, first class cadet Napu Hamasaki said.

“I was just working on the diesel engine we have two..and I was just taking it apart doing inspections getting ready to leave there is just so much hand on stuff to do,” Mid-Pac graduate, third class cadet Alfred Ikeler said.

The academy is a four-year college in the California state school system.

While getting into the school is competitive, the placement rate after graduation is at 94 percent.

Tours for interested students will be held on Thursday.

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