On the Big Island of Hawaii sits the University of the Nations Kona campus, also known as YWAM Kona. It was YWAM’s first university campus and now trains thousands of students every year, sending them out all over the globe. The legacy of this island continues as vessels carry their students on field assignments serving their neighbors around the Pacific Rim.
The Christian Magna Carta
YWAM Ships Kona affirms the Christian Magna Carta, which describes the following basic rights as implicit in the Gospel. Everyone on earth has the right to:
Hear and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Have a Bible available in their own language.
Have a Christian fellowship available nearby, to be able to meet for fellowship regularly each week, and to have biblical teaching and worship with others in the Body of Christ.
Have a Christian education available for their children.
Have the necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and healthcare.
Lead a productive life with spiritual, mental, social, emotional and physical fulfillment.
Youth With A Mission
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently have tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) and we work in thousands of teams and locations.
One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations. YWAM’s staff come from nearly every country in the world, including places like Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique, and Colombia.
Follow all YWAM Ships Kona (YSK) policies and respect the YWAM Foundational Values.
If there is any disagreement they are expected to bring about change through
constructive dialog within the organizational structure.
Resolve any conflicts with other people as quickly as possible through humility, conflict
resolution, and mediation, if needed.
Keep right relationships with one another that exhibit trust, respect, partnership and
cooperation with each other.
All crew are required to abstain from sexual immorality and intimate physical contact
outside of marriage, which we believe, is between one biologically born man and one
biologically born woman.
No participation in physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind.
Crew must demonstrate at all times through their behavior and actions: love and
acceptance of all people regardless of race, gender, social class and religious beliefs.
Maintain healthy boundaries when working with others.
Be truthful and honest. Gossip, slander, malicious talk, theft, coarse humor, lying and
plagiarizing are never to be allowed.Only communicate with the media on behalf of YSK with permission. Special care should
be taken when expressing a personal opinion or point of view.
Generosity is our way of life.
Cabins are to be kept clean and tidy at all times. Guys are not allowed in girl’s cabins and
girls are not allowed in guy’s cabins.
Any unauthorized persons are not allowed on board the YSK. Follow ship and port
authority rules regarding bringing of unauthorized persons on board the vessel or to a
property operated by YSK.
The proper permits shall be obtained for any unauthorized persons to be allowed to get
There is a no smoking policy on all YSK property, vessels and transportation: (public
health and fire safety issues.) Smoking on the YSK vessel, tenders, rescue boats and
during outreach is strictly prohibited.
Storage and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on board and in all YWAM
accommodation and offices or ashore during outreach and while stationed in an
outreach location. This is out of respect for cultural sensitivities and the fact that you
are recognized as representing YWAM as a mission.All staff & volunteers are asked to ensure that they take responsibility for any prescribed
medication they are taking and ensure that they make appropriate personnel aware if
the medication they have been prescribed is likely to have an impact on their work or
Any use or dealing of illegal drugs is not allowed onboard at any time and will result in
instant dismissal. The matter will be referred to the appropriate authorities ashore.
Any use of betel nut in and around the ship is strictly prohibited.
Firearms are not allowed on board or near the vessel.