The Vaka Taumako Project aims to perpetuate ancient Polynesian seafaring knowledge and practice by training a new generation of Taumako youth to build, sail, and navigate using the ancient methods, materials, and tools used by their ancestors, and by research, documentation, and dissemination of this knowledge.
- Build and navigate voyaging canoes using ancient Polynesian methods and materials.
- Teach voyaging skills and values by voyaging to other islands.
- Establish the Lata Navigation School on Taumako.
- Document, publish, and disseminate information about the knowledge, including books, videos, multi-media products and displays, and an archive
- Make cultural exchange programs and alliances which promote awareness and revival of authentic Polynesian voyaging
- Protect the rights of intellectual property and intangible heritage of Taumako people
- Ensure that all programs benefit Taumako members of the VTP and Taumako community
- Plan and act sustainably and with care for the environment
- Establish the “Vaka Taumako Project of Solomon Islands” (VTPSI) as an organization capable of eventually assuming local control of all VTP endeavors
- Establish sustainable funding for VTPSI programs, including eventual practical commercial use of VTP vessels
VTP’s goals were set by the late Kruso Kaveia and his partners between 1993-1996