YWAM Ships Kona
covid-19 updates

Video Message regarding the corona virus - march 15, 2020

This is an update regarding our response to Covid-19 as of October 5, 2020..

Stay tuned for regular updates as we continue to respond with both hope and compassion to the current circumstances.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] and +1 360 269 7505

– OCTOBER 5, 2020

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (October 5, 2020) - Port YWAM Kona is pleased to state that as of today, we are COVID-free. However, due to the increasing level of cases in Kona in recent days, our facility is electing to return to a stay-at-home level for all Port YWAM Kona personnel and a voluntarily imposed work-at-home level for all staff living off site until further notice.

As a precautionary measure, we are in the process of testing 100% of our residents. Masks, distancing, daily temperatures, and digital gatherings are all protocols at Port YWAM Kona.

We are praying for our frontline workers who are sacrificially serving the community. Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by COVID to have a full and speedy recovery.

The safety, health, and wellbeing of our community are of the utmost importance. We have been closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 statistics on the Big Island to evaluate and ensure all appropriate measures are being taken.

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ABOUT YWAM SHIPS KONA—Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global, volunteer-based, and non-denominational Christian movement operating in more than 1,200 locations and 180 countries. YWAM Ships Kona is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operating Hawaii’s only medical and training ships and headquartered on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. YWAM believes everyone on earth has the right to basic life necessities, and its vessels play a key role in providing health care, education, food, water, clothing, and shelter to families in remote villages across the globe.

Fact Sheet: ywamshipskona.org/factsheet/

Media Contact:
Craig Kline
+1 (360) 269-7505‬
[email protected]

– MARCH 20, 2020

The YWAM Ships Kona (YSK) training center, located at 75-5687 Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona HI 96740, has shut operations down until further notice.

Our incoming April quarter Discipleship Training School Students have been postponed and we have asked all staff who do not call Kona their home to return to their families. We have also postponed all ships medical outreaches for the foreseeable future and are in close communication with authorities in each location. We follow WHO and CDC guidelines and are monitoring local authority’s instructions as they develop.

We go to the isolated, taking ships where there are no airports or roads, so we see first hand the suffering of those who live isolated from life options and often distanced from family. Our hearts are moved by the circumstances being faced across our globe.

Media Contact:
Craig Kline
‭+1 (360) 269-7505‬



In light of the US Government announcing a nationwide state of emergency regarding the global COVID-19 Pandemic, YWAM Ships Kona has assembled a dedicated team monitoring ongoing recommendations and travel restrictions. Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students and community.

Most of our students have now returned home, with the remainder departing by Tuesday of this week. We are also encouraging all staff and volunteers whose permanent residence is not Kona, to return home. We are those who go to the isolated, taking ships where there are no airports or roads, so we see first hand the suffering of those who live isolated from life options, and often distanced from family. It is our desire that everyone of those who so faithfully serve with us, has the option to return and be with their families if they feel they need to. We recognize this is a time for families to be together.

For those who remain here at YWAM Ships Kona, we will be limiting gatherings to numbers as recommended by CDC and by the State of Hawaii. While we have no reported cases or suspected symptoms, we have put into place a variety of processes to ensure the safety of our community. Our primary concern is for people. We stand ready to serve and bless our Ohana of Kona in any way we can.

Brett Curtis

Director: YWAM Ships Kona

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]



Our Port YWAM facility continues to follow state, national and international recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). There are no known cases involving our students, faculty, staff, or dependents at this time and no reports of any case on the Big Island. Presently, the immediate health risk to members of our center is considered low.

Our Crisis Management Team is working closely with the Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaii Department of Health in addressing this situation and, following their guidance.  The highest priority for us is the health and wellbeing of all staff and students at Port YWAM.

Our campus has taken proactive measures to protect the community. The following FAQs are guidelines put in place after consultation with medical staff and experts. These guidelines are designed to protect the community based off the recommendations and information from the Hawaii Department of Health, CDC and WHO guidelines.

This link will take you to a letter sent to students and their families outlining plans for the balance of their course work and field assignments.

Please continue to pray for this situation.

Brett Curtis
YWAM Ships Kona

If you have any questions please contact [email protected] or +1 360 269 7505