DECEMBER 1, 2012 STATENDAM Cruise Sailing to Fanning Island

The Holland America Cruise ship STATENDAM arrived Fanning Island December 5th but the swells and wind prevented safe tendering. The crew and passengers have collected many items to donate. Last contact I had before the ship was to arrive San Diego, the Statendam would be storing the supplies and then try delivering them during the February sailing. Let’s hope the weather will be more favorable for that calling.


OCT. 4, 2012 WESTERDAM 30 DAY Pacific/Tahiti HELP TO FANNING Mission

Due to another succesful mission to help Fanning Island during the May 10, 2012 Volendam sailing to Fanning Island, another opportunity to help Fanning Island during the Oct. 4 sailing on the Westerdam took place. The Pacific Coastal  portion of the cruise was an opportunity to get more information to the passengers before their continuing 30 day cruise, and also bring some supplies on board thanks to a delivery by Alan and Desire Johnson

The ship allowed PCM Director Rich Smith to give an informal presentation before arriving San Diego. There were about 70 people attending who had heard about the presentation at the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet gathering and other word of mouth advertizing. The passengers all seemed to gain so much information from viewing the videos presented and the question and answer periods.  Many of the guests had been asked to help deliver some of the supplies that were brought onboard and they graciously accepted the request. Our hope is that they were able to continue on to Hawaii and obtain more needed supplies and personally be able to deliver them when arriving Fanning Island. Sadly, the Westerdam ship staff did not want to assist the passengers with collecting and offloading their supplies. A disapointing situation with this ship sailing.

At the date of this posting (10/24/12) the passengers have been able to visit Fanning but no information has been received about their success.

The needs on Fanning are so great, and there is only one more HAL Westerdam sailing in April 2013 that plans to call on the island. Thankfully, the Statendam was able to visit Fanning instead of Christmas Island during their future 2 Pacific/Tahiti cruises but the weather and surf conditions did not allow them to go to shore nor offload their supplies. See that post for more information.

For those traveling on future sailings, a list of important needs is currently available on the Wish List page.

Please keep returning to the home page for continuing updates. If you would like to assist please contact


Another successful visit to Fanning Island (and other pacific islands) was completed after embarkation on the Holland America Volendam cruiseship. The cruise began at Sydney Australia and traveled to 3 islands of New Caledonia, Suva Fiji and Apia Samoa. During those visits, passengers were able to shop for supplies to be donated to Fanning Island.

Over 10 boxes of supplies, mostly clothing, were given to the local council about mid day when most of the passengers were touring the island.

The day visiting Fanning was cool, cloudy, off/on rain showers (some very heavy squalls), to the point the ship stopped tendering about every hour due to visibility being poor (or none at all).

The seas were very rough and those of us who had the early tenders from 8:30am to 10am were successful to get to the island and either shop at the small island craft tables or get on the available small truck tours that go up and back on the island.

About 30 people were able to tour the island on a special walking tour and visit the many sights described on the Pacific CARE Missions webpage. Although the day was very cloudy with heavy intermittent rain showers, the passengers seemed to have a great visit. Many comments, which are always heard from passengers, were that they wished they could have heard more about Fanning before getting on the ship and especially before arriving to the island.

Pacific CARE Missions director Rich Smith gave the Cruise Critic group some information at the Meet and Greet gathering the day after many embarked the ship at Sydney, and also during a ship approved private/public invitationed gathering which was held in the Wajang movie theater a day before arriving Fanning. About 85 people attended that meeting and were then informed about visiting Fanning and highlighted past supply donations on other cruises and cargo vessels.

The passengers seem to have been talking things up well after the special visit to Fanning on this Volendam cruise, and some new developments to try and help the residents there are in the works currently. One development is that about 5 computers have become available to give to Fanning in future callings.

Another special situation the ship allowed was to hear from a lady that was born and raised on Fanning, whos father was Mr. Palmer, the manager of the Copra plantation back in the 40’s and 50’s. She lived there until she was 18 years old (she is now in her 60’s). About 200 people attended the session in the large showroom theater while a picture slide show was running in the background and pictures were discussed during the session.

A Q/A session to highlight her life on Fanning and what she experienced during her visit was so special. Many felt the visit to Fanning, and meeting her and hearing the history along with pictures of the island, made this trip their best one. To see the full interview video click here.

To effectively accomplish the final expenses  needed for these missions, supplies and financial support are still currently accepted. If you desire to help or want more information  please contact Rich:  or call (970) 389-0363

Note: funds are still needed to cover the expenses of supplies that were delivered on the March Rotterdam sailing. No salaries or other overhead are paid from donations to PCM. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to covering the needed supplies that were delivered on this sailing.

To see the current financial needs and what donations have been received to cover expenses visit the DONATE page.


As the current supply missions on various HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE SHIPS progress, the following information will be updated (in order) as they occur. Also, some pictures may be missing but are being added if they become available. Please keep checking to see any newer posts and updates.



Jan 27, 2012 posting: Information about the Humanitarian effort to help Fanning Island and it’s people was presented before and during this sailing in many ways. The passengers have said the PCM website was one of the main internet sites for getting information about the needs, what to buy and how to tour the island when visiting the island. The information gathered before sailing and during the first 5 days before arriving Hawaii, was very well promoted by the ship, Lisa the travel consultant, and during a private (non solicitation) info presentation by Rich Smith to the Cruise Critic group and others traveling on the cruise.

Like Ruth, seen here the day before sailing with her bags.

She arrived on Amtrac in early afternoon and was met at the station in order to help her with her donated supplies for Fanning. She had the satchal bag loaded with school supplies which included a couple reams of printing paper. So far this is the heaviest bag ever donated…… Would you believe she had the bag attached to her suitcase for traveling? She did! Way to go Ruth and what dedication and giving heart.

During the stays in San Diego, Honolulu, Maui and Hilo allot of supplies were purchased at the various Wal Mart, Costco, ABC, Longs and other department stores.

Honolulu Senator Glen Wakai, director of Reach Out Pacific, donated over 30 boxes which contained new T-shirts, stuffed animals books and toys.

Honolulu’s Central Baptist Church Pastor Dan Douglass dropped off supplies and support from his church.

PCM volunteer Dennis Lomas drove across the big island of Hawaii with a full truckload of boxed supplies. These were the Crock shoes and Health Center supplies donated and described in the pre cruise information.

Some of the things were then given to PCM (for proper and secure storing).

The ship also held a two hour collection event at the Lido Pool area the day before arriving Fanning. Two giant towel bins were used to collect donation items and they were then sorted for better itemizing and inventory.

The event was such a success and many people who may not have donated any supplies felt compelled to help in some other way too.

Once everything was collected by the ship it was then stored in a secure location along with the many items the staff had donated.

At Fanning Island, the supplies were delivered to the island with help of ship crew, locals and passengers.

Dec. 29th: The following picture shows the supplies held in Kailua-Kona and ready for shipping to Fanning Island.

The boxes will be transported to Hilo Jan 12th by our driver volunteer Dennis Lomas. Thanks much again Dennis!

More supplies are also expected to be put on in San Diego by PCM and other passengers. Upon arriving Honolulu, Senator Glen Wakai of Reach Out Pacific is planning on donating about 10 boxes of T-shirts. He is also looking into computers that are much requested from the Island.

In communicating with the island secondary school principal, there is also a need to help them with photo printing and other computer processes. An assessment of their needs seem inevitable during our visit.

Also to be taken and delivered to a worthy party on Fanning is a water filter donated by Jim & Fae Lumsden who visited the island in September on the Westerdam. This filter could be a worthy item to the future of safe drinking water.

Newsflash!!!  Update from the island is that the instalation of the louvered windows and security wire for the new Health Center is nearing completion, FINALLY!

Dec 18th:

One group wanting to help is the Kona Hawaii youth from the Sunday School class at Living Stones Church.

They eagerly became involved in sorting a large amount of Croc like footware that had been donated back in February by a Hawaii Volcano Rotary member. He donated them after a presentation was given to the Rotary group by Rich Smith/Pacific CARE Missions director.

Unfortunately, a few of them had been damaged by rats during their storage but the majority were in great shape.


It was a great time sorting and preparing the shoes for shipping. The many kids mentioned how fun the “workout was”. They truely did have to work fast with the many shoes, extra cleanup due to the debris inside the boxes, and time was clicking away before the main church service ended.

We also found that there were mostly large to extra large sizes. We can only hope there are big sized feet on the local people at Fanning island. We are still seeking many other youth sized type of these shoes that we can then personally give to the school children on the island. There is such an important need for footware to prevent parasites and infections from walking in the dirt and water and the unsanitary conditions that are present there.

The mother of Marley came afterwards to say how influenced her daughter was to be a part of the activity and that she may also be doing some followup presentations in the future to her school after getting more information.

A much appreciated thank you to this group of kids who wanted to help meet the needs of the people on Fanning Island.

Holland America 2012 “S. Pacific” sailings updates

Updated Feb 17, 2012
Aloha to all the Cruise Critic passengers, other passengers and staff of Holland America, who traveled on the 2012 sailings to the pacific region on the WESTERDAM with the intent to help Fanning Island, and also help Christmas Island on the Statendam to donate supplies. At the time (10/6/2012) there were no confirmed arrangements with Holland America’s corporate office, or the ships, allowing items to be delivered to the ship and stored for transport to the Islands. You were allowed however, to check in your items to your room, as your luggage limits and requirements will allow.
Arrangements to drop off your items with the ship when checking in and/or during the cruise is a very difficult arrangement for all involved. Once the ship was underway, we worked hard to coordinate with them (and you) so that Room Stewards and Hotel Staff could become involved to receive, store and deliver everyone’s donated items for the Islands. It was recommended that the passengers hold their donations till shortly before arriving to the Islands and then deliver them to ship staff  (when announcements have been given) or take them  on shore (not large suitcases or boxes please that would hinder tender opperations) to give to the locals personally.

It was very strongly suggested that all the items have an address label on the box or suitcases to a designated receiver on Fanning Island. Otherwise, the island council would obtain the items for their discretion as to what to do with them. The following addresses were ok to ensure the supplies would get to a proper person/location.
For FANNING ISLAND SCHOOL related items address them to:

For CLINIC supplies address them to:
Fanning Island Health Center
C/O Nurse Kantarawa

Presently I have been in communications with HAL and awaiting their response and approvals to allow everyone the same privileges as has happened on previous Rotterdam sailings. I will keep updating and posting here for new developments.
Feel free to call or email me with any questions you might have or if you desire to get any immediate updates when the approvals come to me.
Important recent note from head nurse: Donations are always needed to those remote islands but NEVER DONATE EXPIRED DRUGS, USED DRUGS AND ANY KIND OF MILK.
Because in the Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital Institute Workshop we were taught to encourage the mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively until they are 6 months old then foods and drinks are introduced and still breast feeding. It has evidence proven that breastfeeding is nutritious, clean, always ready and no cost for the children.

From Fanning Island Mayor (sorry for his language and spelling but I didn’t feel I should correct it):
Our humble request if you possible accept concerning some other need of our people related to their seaweed plantation (their main job for life ) We would like to help them by requesting you if you could provided for them too.
a) Bundles of ropes (size 6mm /5mm ) for seaweed planted
b) Children supplies
c) Pre-school & primary supplies
d) Youth – sport materials e.g. volleyball balls, soccer, basket, table tenis
e) School bus – spare tyres & tube size # 16-7.50LT
f) Office – stationeries’ & photo copy papers. Manual typwriter with replacable ribbons
g) Health centre- any clinical first aid and cleaning materials 

From the secondary School representative:
1, sport equipment; basketball, volleyball and soccer ball
2, reading books relevant to secondary schools level
3, reference books for students reserch.
4, Exercise books (square & lined)
5, pens & pencils
6, Laptop and or desktop computers and printers

Have a wonderful sailing!

Sept 2011 WESTERDAM Cruise Mission Newsletter

The first 4 days of the recent Sept. 24-29th 2011 Pacific Coastal Sailing on the Holland America ms WESTERDAM,  was the begining for some of the passengers sailing to the S. Pacific, and was a great opportunity for information to be passed on to the passengers about how they could help Fanning Island and for the ship to be involved for their first visit to Fanning.
Over 30 Cruise Critic members and other invitees attended a private gathering in the Crows Nest, the day after the 1st Meet and Greet get together, to hear from Rich Smith/ Director of PCM, about helping and visiting Fanning Island. It was also a time for the various attendees to ask questions about the island and how PCM has been involved.The guests that attended were very interested in hearing the information and it made for a way to start the word of mouth networking of information with other future passengers boarding in San Diego.
While in San Diego, a connection was made with Jim & Fae Lumsden who offered their assistance with getting the sponsored security wire for the Fanning Island Health center delivered. They also took a water filter system to the island to show one of the important local residents, and gather information to see if it could be useful there.
The wire, sponsored by partner to PCM John Schell, and  passengers Julia Anderson and Laural Bridge, was purchased in Seattle area and placed onboard  before the ship set sail.

The ship was able to make a sucessful visit to Fanning Island and many items were doanted and the passengers were also able to deliver their donated supplies!!!! More pictures of that to be added soon.

3/15/2011 Mission trip to Fanning aboard the SV KWAI

The recent mission trip to Fanning Island on the SV KWAI was a success. Somewhat!
Local Kona Hawaii residents Bruce Boese and Pacific CARE Missions director Rich Smith flew to Christmas Island to join with the sv KWAI cargo ship and sail to Fanning Island.

The purpose of the mission was to deliver and install the much needed window materials for the new Health Center, and do some follow-up on the great amount of supplies donated by the Rotterdam Cruise ship. We had plans to board the Kwai about four days after arriving to Christmas Island but a notice to us from ship owner Brad Ives, after being there only two days, was that the ship was leaving NOW for Fanning! We immediately grabbed our things and jumped on to the ship and left for Fanning Island 30 minutes later. The Minister of Education for the Islands had needed to charter the ship and make a visit to Fanning and Washington Islands, and return within the week to make a flight back to their home islands. This allowed us to only have two and a half rainy days during the weekend on Fanning Island.
The window materials donated by a Kona Hawaii contractor, and other expenses sponsored by a compassionate church and member of Grace Gatherings Church, were successfully delivered to the Fanning Health Center by the Rotterdam Cruise ship when it arrived a few days earlier.

The hope was to have time to work with some of the local residents and install the louvered glass windows. Unfortunately, the nurse recommended that there be 2″ security wire installed afterwards, but none was available. We were able to replace the existing front clear glass with the donated obscure type, and teach a few of the locals there how to cut glass, and install the jalousie mechanisms in the future, if and when some security wire becomes available and can be delivered to the Health Center.

Please let us know if you would like to help in that immediate need to finish and secure the Health Center windows. This could be about a $400-$500 expense, and some upcoming opportunities to ship the wire during 2011 with the SV Kwai in August or future sailings of the Holland America cruiseships are being looked into.
Presently, the existing 3 sides of the building look like this:
The front of the building looks like this:

NOTE: If you are a future visitor to the island with supplies to donate, please contact me directly to find out the best method of giving the supplies to a trustworthy representative of the council, clinics or schools.
Pacific CARE Missions director