Vaka Valo Association is in Charge! Their Programs are Underway!

The Vaka Taumako Project (VTP) of the Pacific Traditions Society, under Direction of cultural anthropologist and sailor Marianne “Mimi” George, had a research permit in the Solomon Islands for 20 years. During that time the George, and the VTP, worked in support of the aims­ of Te Aliki Koroso Kaveia—the main aim being to teach …

Tepuke from Taumako arrives in Santa Cruz

LUOVA, TEMOTU PROVINCE: For the first time in over thirty years, a Taumako voyaging canoe arrived at Santa Cruz Island’s northwestern tip on Sunday, June 4.

Meph’s Report from Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

by Meph Wyeth Mimi and Meph spent most of November in Solomons and, in Meph’s case, northern Vanuatu. They hoped to participate in Holau Vanuatu, a voyage from Taumako to Vanua Lava in the Banks Islands. Traditionally vaka would sail this route during November. riding the Patapu (northerly) wind, and waiting out the cyclone season …

Heritage Expeditions joins the Vaka Taumako Project

The “Spirit of Enderby,” a 50 passenger cruise ship of Heritage Expeditions, will visit Duff Islands (Taumako) on Nov 1st. They will be greeted by the crew of the TePuke that will sail to Vanuatu as soon as the favorable Te Palapu wind blows. Thanks to Heritage Expeditions, Dr. Salopuka and Heuionalani Wyeth will give …

Holau Vanuatu featured in The Island Sun

Holau Vanuatu – VTP’s voyage to Vanuatu – was in the news this week in The Island Sun newspaper in the Solomon Islands.

Doc Simon interviewed in The Island Sun

Vaka Taumako Project’s Dr. Simon Salopuka was recently interviewed by The Island Sun newspaper of Solomon Islands.

VTP at the World Conservation Congress

A few fresh pics of Drs. Salopuka and George presenting at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Dr. Salopuka’s presentation was “We are the crew of Lata: Moana Is Our Home”