Another one of our great corporate sponsors over the years has committed again to a CAPTAIN'S TABLE at our fundraising event. Our good friend Darren Lee stopped by the Pilot's office and dropped off a check from PASHA. Always glad to see them at our waterfront get together. You never know who might drop in from the mainland office!? PASHA's two ships running from the West Coast to Hawaii also have several Cal Maritime alumni aboard in the deck and engine departments. They also routinely have cadets onboard. We look forward to seeing some (we hope) CMA cadets on the JEAN ANNE or the MARJORIE C.
One of the primary challenges for deck cadets on the training cruise each year is to put into practice the navigational skills that they all learn in class from books and written computational exercises. The skill of navigating at sea using a sextant is part "art-form" and can be challenging. Even for those students who may easily grasp the mathematics of sight reduction into an actual position on a chart. Standing on the deck of a vessel at sea that is rolling, heaving, and pitching in a seaway and using a sextant to 'bring a star down to the horizon' as seen through a scope, requires patience. It doesn't matter how well you can calculate the numbers if your sight is off from simply doing a bad job of it. I'm sure most all deck graduates will tell you that one skill that is learned at Cal Maritime is how to "shoot stars" and do it well, repeatedly. This component of going on the training cruise can be very challenging for the deck cadet's curriculum. But the navigational skills obtained last a professional lifetime.
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A big mahalo to MATSON for stepping up first to donate this year to our 2017 fundraising campaign. Senior Vice-President of the Pacific Region, Mr. Vic Angoco said, "We're always glad to support!" Indeed! Matson has been a huge supporter of our DAVE LYMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND since inception back in 2007. With many Cal Maritime alumni employed aboard Matson ships and shoreside at numerous terminals on the west coast and in Hawaii, it only makes sense for Matson to continue providing kokua and support to the Lyman Scholarship Fund. Linda Howe, Matson Manager for Community Relations, recently delivered a check for $6000 to purchase a PILOT's TABLE at the upcoming June 1st event.
It's only been a few days since our official announcement of the 2017 event and we are already receiving a great level of response from our waterfront ohana. Some have asked for more information, which we are happy to provide anytime.
For those who want to know more information about different levels of support, here's just a peek at what our biggest donors who purchase a PILOT'S TABLE can look forward to:
For our VIP Pilot Table Guests (seating for 10) we will have:
Gordon Biersch 4-course dinner and signature beer pairing
A “welcome beer” Brewer’s Select
1st course - Ho’okipa Pupu’s
Pacific Lobster and Crab Cakes
Paired with Golden Export Beer
2nd course - Salad
Sunset Papaya Salad with Lilikoi Vinaigrette
Paired with Summer Season Kolsch
3rd course - Island Surf & Turf Entree
Pepper Crusted Pulehu Beef
Miso Glazed Island Fish with Marinated Shiitake Mushrooms & Citrus Soy
Ginger Rice with Saute Garlic Long Beans
Paired with Marzen
4th course - Dessert Sampler
Tropical Lilikoi Cheesecake with Strawberry-Guava Sauce
Double Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake & Fresh Berries
Paired with Coffee (or Coconut) Stout
Our PILOT TABLE donors will also see their corporate logos used in all public promotional material online and social media. We want your generosity to be known to the public. The impact of your donation serves young local men and women who are attending the CALFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARITIME ACADEMY!
Well, it seemed like it was a long way off and then...it was here already?!?! Negotiations with the State of Hawaii DOT-Harbors Division and also with Hawaii Pacific University were a bit challenging. While both parties supported our effort to host another event at Aloha Tower, the City and County Fire Marshall had a different idea.
Since there are now students living in the dormitory surrounding the Tower, a "Fire Lane" has to be maintained. Tables and seats for our event would simply be pushed aside and little room was left to accommodate all our guests and supporters. So we appreciated the effort and support from DOT-Harbors and HPU. But it was not meant to be. We started looking at other venues and realized the GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT right on Pier 9 directly in front of where the Training Ship golden bear will be berthed, seemed like a perfect place to be.
Isn't that every sailor's dream? To walk off your ship, down the gangway and directly into the bar of your choice just steps away from the ship! Ha!!
Stand by for more posts and information about our event. Don't forget to contact Leilani at Matson ASAP at 848-1259 to order your seats or table. We'd like a good head count of our guests as soon as we can. The event is a little more than a month away.
Several days after our event is over, we still have donations trickling in. Most are people who were unaware of the fundraising event happening. Or were unable to attend. We are happy to receive any donation amount at anytime from anyone. You can mail a check into our office or pay directly online using PayPal. It's very easy and takes just a few minutes. Go to our "support us" page to see how.
So far we have raised over $50,000 dollars. Our costs to host the event were less than expected, thanks entirely to Don Murphy who has always been a huge supporter of our effort since we started the endowment back in 2007. Don Murphy has played a significant role in many community fundraising drives here in Honolulu. Don and his staff put in a lot of extra time and effort to help other organizations raise funds for great causes that benefit our community. He deserves far more recognition than he gets. He has committed himself towards these positive efforts that improve the city of Honolulu and benefit the residents who work and live here everyday. Don and Marion Murphy are great "neighbors" to have on our waterfront.
Next time you are thinking about drinks and a night out, stop by Murphy's on the corner of Nuuanu and Merchant streets. They serve up a great menu of food (both lunch and dinner), have a great selection of beers, and an outstanding friendly staff. The bar is separate from the restaurant and there is always a 'game' on their many TVs if you're interested.
Late night, after a very long day. Many hours of hard work setting up and preparing for an event, you're never sure how it will really go. But our Hawaii waterfront ohana never ceases to amaze me. Our smallest venue yet, our smallest crowd in years, the least amount of tables sold, due to limitations of space.
But it was our highest grossing year....ever.
Is that awesome or what?
Details will follow later. And pictures, too. But for now my eyes are tired and my next job is early tomorrow AM. Mahalo to all our supporters everywhere. Kawika would be proud of "our" effort. To all who attended and even those who did not, I want to say to you a genuine and heartfelt, THANK -YOU! It was fun, exciting, enjoyable, and so great to see so many waterfront faces together in one place having fun enjoying each others company. And all for great cause, too. How fantastic is that?
Our event is only four days away. We're attending to all the last details to create a great event that we hope everyone will truly enjoy. Just a short reminder; we will be having a live auction, hosted by Mr. Eric Schiff, Honolulu's premier auctioneer extraordinaire! We hope our guests will take advantage of some of the items we are offering in our silent auction, too! We have gift certificates for restaurants and some jewelry. We have a Waikiki Hotel stay and another condo package in Waikoloa on the Big Isle.
Our live auction includes a ship model of Matson's M/V MANUKAI, a limited edition print of FOSS tug assisting a Matson ship, a mounted and framed panoramic photo of the PASHA ship JEAN ANNE departing Honolulu Harbor at sunrise (Courtesy of Cameron Brooks), a rare picture of Dave Lyman adorned with flower leis on the day HOKULE'A departed Honolulu, and our unique 2015 event poster.
And last but not least, an opportunity to bid on some of the most unique "mini adventures" that cannot be found anywhere else: A personalized guided tour of Honolulu Harbor onboard the pilot boat HONOLULU with Capt. Ed Enos, a ride aboard a FOSS tug during a ship assist job, a tour of a MATSON containership followed by lunch onboard, a private tour of the MARJORIE C - the brand new ship just placed in service between Hawaii an the west coast.
Bring your checkbooks! Be part of the excitement and fun to bid on some of these items, if not for yourself, but as a great "gift" idea for your family and friends.
MODEL OF THE M/V MANUKAI