June 17, 2011

Te Mana o Te Moana - Fakarava, Tuamotu May 2011

Te Mana o Te Moana




We were very fortunate to be on the Tuamotu atoll of Fakarava (May 17-23, 2011) when the voyaging canoes of "Te Mana o Te Moana" were first united as a fleet of seven. One canoe, Faafaite, came from Tahiti, another, Marumaru Atua, from the Cook Islands, and gathered here at Fakarava with five more canoes that sailed from New Zealand. The seven canoes with 120 crew members represent 14 Pacific island nations.

From Fakarava the seven wa'a,  waka, va'a, vaka, or Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing as a fleet to Hawai‘i via Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, and eventually four canoes will sail to California, Central America, Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti and back to New Zealand.

The wa'a are now in Hilo, Hawai'i having safely arrived yesterday, June 16, 2011.

This project is generously funded by Dieter Paulmann, of the "Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea" to bring awareness to the state of the ocean and sea animals. His foundation is filming the voyage and will produce a documentary.

I've posted our photos as Picasa albums. You can view them either by clicking on the arrow, or if you go into the Picasa page select which one you want to see, or view by clicking on the slide show feature. I apologize for the bad quality of our photos during the Rotoava Community Ceremony - the red-eye feature on my software is not working properly but I thought it important to post the photos anyways. I have the originals if any of you would like a proper copy.

So sorry that I have not posted these photos earlier - many technical and "Internet logistic" problems....

Mahalo nui for taking the time to visit our little blog and to understand these incredible voyaging canoes.

We wish the wa'a very safe continuing passages and good winds!


Mālama pono, a hui hou!
 ~ Victoria and Nāwa‘a  



Te Mana o Te Moana
Kava Ceremony at Rotoava, Fakarava 
with Seven Polynesian Wa‘a
May 18, 2011


Te Mana o Te Moana
Rotoava, Fakarava
Polynesian Wa‘a, etc...
May 19, 2011


Te Mana o Te Moana
Rotoava, Fakarava Communial Ceremony 
Honoring the Seven Polynesian Wa‘a
May 20, 2011
(sorry about the bad "red-eye" corrections with this album! Need to get better software to take care of this.... Let me know if you want any of the photos and I'll email you a better copy!)


Te Mana o Te Moana 
Seven Polynesian Wa‘a Departure 
From Fakarava to Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
May 21, 2011


Rotoava, Fakarava, Tuamotu Atolls
May, 2011