USCGC SEQUOIA (WLB 215)
United States Coast Guard
225’ Seagoing Buoy Tender
Member since January 12, 2018
Tell us a little about your organization.
The USCGC SEQUOIA is a 225 ft. long Seagoing Buoy Tender homeported in Apra Harbor, Santa Rita, Guam. SEQUOIA is a multi-mission platform capable of maintaining aids to navigation, oil spill response, law enforcement and search and rescue.
Why did the USCGC SEQUOIA decide to take the Håfa Adai Pledge?
SEQUOIA has several local crewmembers who have provided some insight about the Chamorro culture, and we wanted to learn more about Guam’s traditions and history. Additionally, we are passionate about keeping the island clean and beautiful.
What are some of the ways the USCGC SEQUOIA perpetuates Guam’s language and culture?
We greet each other with “Håfa Adai” and also have a Chamorro word of the day, which helps the crew learn more about the language. We have invited local professionals to help educate the crew about the history of fishing on Guam, as well as basket weaving and sling throwing. We were safe and used tennis balls instead of rocks, as we learned accuracy is an acquired skill.
Why is it important to live your Håfa Adai Pledge?
The people of Guam have welcomed us to their island and the Håfa Adai Pledge is a great way to show our appreciation. It helps keep the crew active and the island clean, while we learn more about the history and culture.
Can you share some tips with your fellow HAP members about how to incorporate the Håfa Adai spirit in their daily operation?
Get involved with the community! Participate in hikes, and other events around the island. Volunteer to clean parks and to help out at 5Ks. Try the local cuisine. Chamorro food can be found all over the island through restaurants, food trucks, BBQs, and outdoor markets. Talk to people who grew up on the island and listen to their stories; you will learn amazing things about Guam and the Chamorro culture.
Why is it important for you to share Guam’s Håfa Adai spirit with other residents and visitors?
It will help them appreciate all that the island of Guam has to offer and help them experience the Chamorro culture.
Can you share one of your most memorable Håfa Adai experiences or how you’ve made someone’s day by living your pledge?
When members of our crew responded positively, such as “I loved learning how to use the slings. it was loads of fun and taught me about the culture.” and “I enjoy the cleanups, because it helps keep the island beautiful for the next generation.”
Looking to the future, how will you grow your commitment to living your Håfa Adai Pledge?
The SEQUOIA intends to continue working with Guam Parks and Recreation to clean up beaches and parks, as well as being involved with Liberation Day. We are looking for more local experts on different aspects of the Chamorro culture who are willing to share their knowledge and stories with the crew.
How can other members engage with the SEQUOIA online?
USCGC SEQUOIA has a facebook page and can be contacted there. The Public Affairs Officer will response at the earliest availability.