For Voyaging Education

Pacific Traditions Society (PTS) is a small non-profit organization with educational purpose, based in the USA. The Vaka Taumako Project (VTP) was the idea of Te Aliki Koloso Kaveia of Taumako. He needed outside help, so he asked Mimi George. In 1996 the VTP started, as a research project permitted by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Solomon Islands. PTS was the responsible non-governmental organization (NGO), and Mimi George was Principal Investigator. The VTP was led by Koloso Kaveia, with support of PTS.


After Te Aliki Kaveia died in 2009, Te Aliki Jonas Holani led the Vaka Valo Group of Taumako to keep on training young people in voyaging arts. The VTP of PTS then gave support to Vaka Valo Group.  In 2014 Dr Simon Salopuka helped Holani to register the Vaka Valo Association Trust Board (VVA) in Solomon Islands as a charitable organization, with Simon Salopuka as Executive Director, and Mimi George as non-voting International Director. VVA charter includes the mission and goals of VTP, but is a completely independent NGO. In 2017 the VTP ended in Solomon Islands. Since then the VTP of PTS works only by request of, and in support of, VVA. 


Help Vaka Valo Association efforts to:

  • Train new generations to build, sail, and navigate

       using ancestral designs, methods, materials & tools

  • Document and publish ancient knowledge

  • Become a self-supporting organisation by 09/22


  • Build, sail, and navigate voyaging canoes using ancient designs, methods, and materials.

  • Accommodate Lata Cultural Voyaging School (LCVS) of Taumako in a canoe-house structure that shelters vessels, students, communications, video  work, and archive. A solar power system is required.

  • Complete digitizing all imagery and written materials VTP has gathered, and provide to the archive of the LCVS of Taumako as soon as it exists

  • Document and publish information about voyaging knowledge, including books, videos, multi-media products and displays.

  • Make cultural exchange programs and alliances that promote awareness of, and support for, ancient voyaging skills, including skills of building peaceful relationships and making reconciliations when problems arise.

  • Protect intellectual property rights and intangible heritage of Taumako people. All photos, video, film, audio recordings, technological designs, and artwork, are  intellectual property of Taumako people as agreed in original VTP permit and  various MOUs. An updated MOA is on the agenda of the 2020 general meeting of  VVA.

  • Direct any and all financial profits to Vaka Valo Association. 

  •  Plan and act sustainably with care for environment, food security, and bio-  diversity.

  • Re-establish inter-island voyaging partnerships and networks.

  • Help Vaka Valo Association become self-supporting. Needs include: basic communications and internet access at Taumako, record-keeping, book- keeping, and accounting, fundraising, grant-writing, program planning, social media, and coordinating students and visitors to attend LCVS.

  • Complete design and registration of independent website for VVA in August, 2020, and donate to VVA for independent control and content development. Fundraising for $25/month server cost plus internet data.


Mission & Goals

Team & Community


Priority Programs

Te Matua Kaveia

PTS tax reports





Build & Navigate






Study Visit

Voyaging School

Cultural Exchange



Vaka Taumako Project

P.O.Box 189

Anahola, HI 96703, USA

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