Sailing the Golden Rule, Historic Peace Boat, from Hawai‘i to California in 2021

August 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St.
Hilo HI 96720

The Golden Rule in San Francisco Bay after sailing from O‘ahu, June 2021.  Photo credit: Noah Berger, San Francisco Chronicle

Matinée Presentation:

“We are sailing for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future,” says Golden Rule project manager Helen Jaccard.  “What better way to bring a message of peace and sustainability than this beautiful sailboat with its storied history?  It puts a smile on people’s faces!”  Following 21 months in the Hawaiian Islands, the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule departed Honolulu in May 2021 for the west coast of the United States.  It was a “return voyage” of sorts: the vessel first sailed from California to Hawai‘i 63 years ago, in 1958, on her way to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.  Under orders from the Atomic Energy Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard prevented the boat from leaving Honolulu.  The arrest and jailing of the Golden Rule’s Captain Albert Bigelow—a retired WWII Navy commander—and his crew of Quaker peace activists garnered international media attention and increased opposition to nuclear testing and nuclear weapons. 

This most recent voyage was captained by Hawai‘i’s own Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa, with three crew members, in preparation for an extended educational journey through major waterways and along coastal North America, beginning this Fall.  Kiko relates the story of how this humble vessel—raised from the bottom of Humboldt Bay and rebuilt with volunteer effort—has leveraged some big shifts in public sentiment and the policies of the nuclear powers of our time.  This engrossing presentation is a must-see on either of two occasions:  Monday evening, August 9, or the following afternoon, August 10.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Owing to COVID-19 safety restrictions, masks that meet CDC guidelines must be worn and physical distancing observedTemperature checks will be made before you enter the Museum. Seating is therefore very limited; you must reserve your seat/s in advance by calling during business hours (no voicemail please), and must check in at the front desk prior to the presentation.  Check-in begins at 6:30PM Monday evening, 2:30PM Tuesday afternoon.  First called, first reserved!  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall.  E komo mai! 

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