Cyclone Pam hit the island of Nifiloli hard. Community members retreated into the interior or fled to the somewhat higher island of Fenualoa. We are still learning more about what the damages were and what needs to be done now. The Peter Taea and Dixon Wia families, who were caring for the Taumako-built voyaging canoe …
Dr. Simon Salopuka, of Vaka Taumako Project – Solomon Islands, will submit this report to the SI government, offering recovery recommendations in the wake of Cylcone Pam.
First images of the aftermath of Cyclone Pam on Taumako.
Cyclone Pam has caused great destruction in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, including Temotu Province, where Vaka Taumako Project operates. We are currently raising funds to help islanders in Temotu with inevitable food and medical costs.
Friends in Honolulu, please join us on Wednesday, November 12 at noon at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii for a presentation about Polynesian voyaging in the Solomon Islands. Drs. Marianne “Mimi” George and Simon Salopuka will be presenting. Hope to see you there!
Maritime, cultural, educational, and community organizations, why not bring the Vaka Taumako Project to your next event? VTP’S Mimi George and H. Meph Wyeth are available to give presentations on traditional Taumako canoe-building, Polynesian wayfinding & navigation, sustainable sea transportation, the Story of Lata, life in the Solomon Islands, and other related subjects.
by H. Meph Wyeth From 14-18 July, the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, hosted a combined conference on climate change and sustainable sea transport.
The Vaka Taumako Project’s Solomon Islands wing is now up and running. We are now officially registered as a charitable organization in the Solomon Islands as the Vaka Taumako Project of Solomon Islands (VTPSI), also known locally as “Valo Group.”