Te Mana o Te Moana
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 ❤
Rotoava, Fakarava, Tuamotu Atolls