Week 1 update from The School of Navigation and Seamanship

We're coming to the end of our first week of the School of Navigation and Seamanship at YWAM Ships Kona and so far it has been a blast. Now, for those of you who have never been here to Port YWAM or the University of the Nations Kona campus, we need to explain how things work so you can follow along.

  1. We live and attend our School of Navigation and Seamanship at the YWAM Ships base also known as Port YWAM on Ali'i Drive.
  2. The kids attend the Foundations School at the University of the Nations Kona campus also referred to as the main campus or upper campus.
  3. We eat most of our meals at Port YWAM, but some of our meals are at the main campus.
  4. We spend most of our time at Port YWAM, but some corporate events are held at the main campus.
  5. Port YWAM is located at the old Hukilau Hotel, which happens to be right on the beach where the Ironman starts and finishes.
  6. The main campus is about a mile from Port YWAM

If you can sort of follow that, the blogs that we are posting for the next 12 weeks will make a lot more sense and give you an idea of where we are at. So much has happened in this first week but we don't want to overwhelm you with all the details so here are a few highlights of this busy first week.

University of the Nations Kona

There is lots of life at the University of the Nations Kona campus. This photo was taken during our weekly Monday morning worship.


We have a pretty nice view from the deck of Port YWAM.

Beach day at Hapuna

The first weekend we we were here we spent the morning at Hapuna beach with the whole base and Koa got to test out his snorkel gear.

Shave Ice

Kona is hot. It's not Mazatlan hot by any stretch of the imagination, but it's been pretty toasty this last week. So Ikaika has taught the boys to do what every good Hawaiian does when it's 96 degrees in the shade... go get shave ice! One of the benefits of Kona's Ali'i Drive is there is plenty of shave ice close by.

The beach

About a block down the road from Port YWAM is a tiny beach in front of the King Kamehameha hotel affectionately known as children's beach. It's the perfect set up for our boys to bust out the snorkel gear and check out the local wildlife or grab the boards and catch the ankle slappers that roll in. The best part is that it is right around the corner.

The pool

When walking a block to the beach sounds like too much work, Port YWAM has us covered with a nice little pool on property. The boys love getting in there to cool off and the best part is that it's right in front of our room!

Foundation school

So the boys are in one of the five schools for kids on the main campus called the Foundation School. While mom and dad are in classes, the boys are in school as well. What is unique about this school is that a lot of it is focused on the heart, getting close to God. We're really excited about this opportunity for the kids to make new friends from all over the world as well as grow in their understanding of who God is.

First day of sailing

Our first day out sailing was a blast. The winds were light, but we were able to get the sails up and put into practice a lot that we learned so far. Just getting to be able to get on board see and touch things helped solidify all that we've learned this week.