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”
In August, 1998, the Te Puke named Vaka Taumako made its first voyage. For the first time in over forty years, a Polynesian voyaging canoe, a vaka, was built using completely traditional methods and materials. For the first time since 1963 a Te Puke voyaged on a traditional route.
How Lata built the first voyaging canoe as told by Paramount Chief Kruso Kaveia for Sailing New Zealand Magazine, July 1999