Ship Charter

The Fellows’ Ship (Fellowship) was built by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawaii and operates in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Services Center and Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Papahanaumokuakea Division, and the Atherton Family Foundation. Its overall purpose is to form a new cadre of qualified marine conservation leaders for Hawaii’s future by providing fellows with a hands-on learning experience in the world of marine conservation.  The Ship’s course and daily maintenance are overseen by the Marine Fellowship Program, whose objectives are as follows,

  • Provide two years of on-the-job training that combines mentoring by senior program staff and peer-to-peer learning;
  • Strengthen core competencies in traditional Hawaiian and contemporary science-based resource stewardship;
  • Provide direct experience through community-based projects and field work; and,
  • Enable graduates to compete successfully for positions in marine resource management in the local job market.



2008-2010 Initial embarkation. Crew/Fellows: Marion Ano and Russell Amimoto

2010-2012 2nd Voyage. Crew/ Fellows: Nahaku Kalei and Brad Wong

2012-2014 3rd Voyage. Crew/ Fellows: Ily Iglesias, Kanoe Morishige, and Leilani Warren

2014-2016  4th Voyage.  Crew/Fellows:  Brad Stubbs, Kalani Quiocho, Kirsten Fujitani

2016-2018 5th Voyage. Crew/Fellows: Bert Weeks, Kanoe Steward, Nakoa Goo


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