Gaualofa left Apia for a voyage connecting our islands
The 'Gaualofa', a double-hulled traditional ocean voyaging canoe and her 16 crew has embarked on an 18-month voyage that will take her to Aotearoa, Tahiti, the Marquesas, the islands of Hawaii and then to the East Coast of the USA and South America, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. Departing Samoa on 26 February 2011, it has headed to NZ where the va'a will be outfitted with electrical motors and a large solar panel in accordance with the message of ecological conservation and marine protection.
This voyage has been arranged under an agreement with the Okeanos Foundation and the Samoan Voyaging Society (SVS) with support of several regional/international organisations including UNESCO.
SVS is a Samoan NGO with the aims of firmly re-establishig traditional voyaging as a part of Samoan cultural and natural heritage and engaging the people, particulaly the youth, of Samoa in the revival of traditional ocean voyaging using traditional navigational and sailig methods and providing overall maritme education with the aim of creating a self-sustainig enterprise focused on leadership development and income-generation.