After 21 months in the Hawaiian Islands, the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule left Honolulu in May for the west coast of the United States.
“We are sailing towards a nuclear-free world and a peaceful and sustainable future,” says Helen Jaccard, head of the Golden Rule project. “What better way to send a message of peace and sustainability than this magnificent sailboat with its rich history? It makes people smile. “
The Lyman Museum will host 2 presentations on the Golden Rule project – 7 to 8:30 p.m. today and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
It was a sort of “return trip”: the ship first sailed from California to Hawaii 63 years ago in 1958, en route to interfere with US atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. .
Under orders from the Atomic Energy Commission, the US Coast Guard prevented the boat from leaving Honolulu. Arrest and jail of Golden Rule captain Albert Bigelow – a retired WWII naval commander – and his crew of Quaker peace activists have attracted international media attention and increased opposition to nuclear testing and nuclear weapons.
This most recent trip was led by Hawaii’s own Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa, with three crew members, for an extended educational journey through major waterways and along the coasts of North America. North, starting this fall. Kiko tells how this humble ship – raised from the bottom of Humboldt Bay and rebuilt through the efforts of volunteers – has taken advantage of changes in public opinion and the policies of the nuclear powers of our time.
Admission to the program is free for museum members and $ 3 for non-members. Wearing a mask is compulsory and physical distancing will be respected.
Places are very limited; you must reserve your seats in advance by calling the museum at 935-5021 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Customers must check in at reception. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. today and at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St., Hilo.