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.”
The Vaka Taumako Project’s Drs. Mimi George and Simon Salopuka, as well as members of the Holau Kaveia crew, will be presenting papers and holding discussions at the 2nd International Sustainable Sea Transport in the Pacific Talanoa, July 14-18 2014 in Suva, Fiji.
Superior Design and Performance Features of Nga Vaka o Lata; Sustainability and How Ancient Vessels Are Better abstract by M. George and Simon Salopuka, for the Sustainable Sea Transport Workshop, July 2014 From the 1500s through the 1960’s, Pacific islanders lost control of their land and sea resources, their health, and their dignity, as they …