WAM's ocean-going canoe on the beach at Aur in June, 2015. The voyage was monitored by scientists.

A WAM trainee adds an extra coat of paint to the trim on the ocean-going canoe Jitdam Kapeel. Photo: WAM

Director Alson Kelen surrounded by the enthusiastic 2016 WAM trainees and trainers.

Trainee Gene Hemos showing upcoming generation how to tie knots during WAM's Manit Day 2019 festivities.

WAM's Binton Daniel and Isocker Anwel unloads local coconut logs to be used for various WAM products!

Fridays at WAM are sailing days! 2019 Trainees all ready for the water!

Brilliantly-colored canoes line a beach in Long Island as they await the start of the 2002 National Outrigger Cup. Photo: Karen Earnshaw

Master navigator Captain Joel Korent holds stick charts, which are key to training of novice navigators. Photo: WAM

A trainee showing off products created by WAM trainees to a group of visiting school children during the WAM-MIR Manit Day Event

Crews prepare for the start of the Jabro race held in Ailinglaplap Atoll in 2003. Photo: Alson Kelen

Ready. Set. GO!!!!!

Welcome to the Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) Program! Our program is committed to empowering young Marshallese men and women by giving them the skills they need to move forward into a sustainable and happy future. The program is nearly 30 years young and plans to be around for another 30!

What’s new at WAM

Trial by Fire! TLCSeaT project enters the trial phase!Inside Lagoon Transport – TLCSeaT Project Phase 1CANCER LEADERSHIP SUMMITTrainees Reach Out to Public Elementary SchoolsTrainees of the Month

Come sailing with WAM!

Join the fun of sailing on a traditional marshallese canoe.Click to learn more and reserve the ride of your life on Majuro lagoon!Learn more

Hand-made WAM products

Intricate model canoes of all sizes; elegant but strong coconut graters; historic stick charts … all these and more can be found in the WAM Catalog. Products CatalogAll the products are hand-made by the carpentry instructors and the trainees. All profits go back into the WAM program, making it a win-win situation for you and for WAM.

WAM Visitors Center

Showcasing Marshallese canoes and their history, the Waan Aelon in Majel’s Visitors Center is open during business hours, Monday to Friday. Call us on 625-6123 or stop by our office upstairs in the two-story building next to the A-frame Canoe House.Take a tour

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