Hawaii has a long and rich maritime history. On July 30th, you can delve into it virtually, courtesy of the Hawaii Historic Foundation. Join Hans VanTilburg, Ph.D., renowned Historian at NOAA’s National Ocean Service, as he shares tales of intrigue and survival of Hawaii’s underwater cultural heritage in this one-time presentation.
Register for free presentation on Zoom.
The online event will take place tomorrow, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 4:30 to 5:30 P.M., Hawaii time. You must register to attend. We’ll be attending and our tip is that you check it out too.
“The ocean is a museum of lost shipwrecks that reflect our maritime past in the Pacific, from the days of the explorers to the plantation era and two world wars. These wrecks are undiscovered bits of history that can tell us surprising things about the past. Finding them and surveying the nearby sites, particularly in the deep ocean, is a unique and challenging endeavor that has not been comprehensively explored until now.”
Question and answer time will also be provided with Dr. VanTilburg.
About Hans VanTilburg
Dr. VanTilburg was originally introduced to the ocean on board his father’s sloop Brunhilde at the age of eight and started to dive at the age of 11 in 1972. He is a prolific writer of dozens of articles, reviews and books, and an expert to UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage program, as well as currently serving as coordinator for the Maritime Heritage Program in the Pacific Islands region, and the unit diving supervisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Hawaii.
Shipwreck Beach Lanai
Lead Beat of Hawaii photo was taken at Kaiolohia Lanai, often called Shipwreck Beach for obvious reasons. The eight-mile-long beach is the scene of multiple wrecks due to its rocky and shallow channel. The photo shows the rusting remains of an oil tanker that has stood there on the reef since the 1940s.