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July 26, 2020
Pasifika Film Fest 2020
Good news is: WE, THE VOYAGERS: OUR MOANA has joined WE, THE VOYAGERS: OUR VAKA to be screened in the PFF2020, on many islands on the same day!
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July 20, 2020
FROM RUBBISH TO THE STARS: Piripi Smith, the celestial compass and Matariki
When Piripi Smith was growing up, the land at the mouth of the Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri Rivers was a rubbish-strewn wasteland. As a boy, Smith (now 47), would spend days with whānau at the estuary, where the rivers meet before entering the Pacific. He learned to fish and how to catch whitebait there. It was when he was a teenager that it became a local dumping ground. Nature moved out; rubbish and burned-out cars moved in. View Article
July 9, 2020
Latest Proa News
Time-lapse of progress building "Vaka Causey" proa by Jack and Susanne of Oceans People. Meanwhile we fundraise for all required communications and safety equipment for vessel and crew.
July 14, 2020
Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) & Pam Omidyar Trust Grants
THANK YOU Omidyar Ohana Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) for a 10,000. grant, and the Pam Omidyar Trust for a $20,000. grant! 2020 – 2021 programs of Vaka Valo Association.
2020 – 2021 programs of Vaka Valo Association are preparing TO LAUNCH these 4 programs of Vaka Valo Association:
1) Build a new voyaging vaka to replace the TePuke destroyed by a cyclone in March
2) Complete building an escort vessel (in Hawaiʻi) to support training students sailing TePuke in Solomon Islands.
3) Build a permanently roofed Canoe House for the Cultural Voyaging School, with solar power system (there is no electricity, phone, or other communication service there), and an archive, office, video lab, and student accommodation. With These accommodation would make it possible for foreign students to study at Taumako, and for Vaka Valo Association to support their own cultural voyaging programs.
4) Complete the third and final part in the "We, the Voyagers" film series, to be distributed worldwide. Acting Executive Director of Vaka Valo Association, Captain Luke Vaikawi, will make a trip home from his work residence in Honiara to Taumako, for planning meetings of VVA members and board of directors. This trip will take 1-2 months, depending on weather. Vaikawi hopes to begin travel in August. He will also go to Vanikoro to confirm the condition of the TePuke damaged by the cyclone in March, and discuss options for rebuilding or building anew in collaboration with Vanikoro community members eager to build a vessel for their communities. VVA will confirm agreements for the site registration, design, and local materials availability for building a Halevaka structure, and for installation of satellite communications and solar system.
Vaikawi will be accompanied by the Administrative Assistant (bookkeeping, budget control, and secretarial tasks) to VVA, and the appointed videographer of VVA, Daisy Mahaina. Mahaina is just completing a class in filmmaking and will begin to film what is needed to create and edit part 3 of the We, the Voyagers film series (see them on Vimeo. The tentative name of the film is We, the Voyagers: Our Family.
The costs of travel and communications between Honiara and Temotu, and with outside supporters, are extremely expensive and will take up all of the new grant funds. However the result will be that all the 4 projects and VVA admin will be launched!
July 8, 2020
Third “Pasifika Living Treasures” Nomination
We are very happy to announce the third nomination for our initiative “Pasifika Living Treasures”! Thank you, Dr. Mimi George, cultural anthropologist and Director of the Pacific Traditions Society, for the nomination of Te Aliki (Chief) Jonas Hollani, chief builder and navigator from Taumako Island in the Solomon Islands. The Taumako people are Polynesian people and are one of the last few groups in the Pacific who still hold the traditional navigation knowledge. Learn More
July 8, 2020
Proa support/service vessel for Vaka Valo Association
Here is a video message from Tim Mann, as he started cutting frames for the proa support and service vessel for Vaka Valo Association. See previous posts with plans and CAD images. This vessel should be completed and delivered by June, 2022. Could be earlier with more funding. We are also fundraising to outfit the vessel and bring a few Taumako crew to Hawaiʻi to train & sea trial, then sail it home.
July 6, 2020
Raising the Sternpost ~ Sailcargo inc.
Such a great project by wonderful organization! We hope we can find support to engage them to build a 20 meter proa cargo vessel to serve SE Solomons and remote island region of SW Pacific. They would welcome and train Taumako participants. Visit Website
June 25, 2020
Class 5 Cyclone damages Te Puke
Lashing TePuke in 2016. The class 5 Cyclone this year damaged it at Vanikoro. Need funds to buy foods to feed crew to repair or rebuild the TePuke ASAP.
Construction of the this proa for Vaka Valo Association was suddenly paused because of COVID19 issues. Tomorrow Oceans People of Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi Island begin cutting the frames. We will post photos and news of progress.