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 …

Have Talk, Will Travel!

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.

The Art and Craft of a Polynesian Voyaging Canoe

from Pacific Arts Magazine, May 2000 by Heu’ionalani Meph Wyeth On the tiny island of Taumako (fig. 1) in the Solomon Islands’ eastern province of Temotu live some 500 Polynesians who may be the only people in the Pacific still capable of building and sailing traditional voyaging canoes in completely traditional ways.