The 50-foot, twin-hulled open-ocean sailing canoe, Vaka Motu Okeanos Waa’Qab is expected to arrive at Rarotonga this weekend.
Motu is expected to arrive here this Saturday, October 15, weather permitting.
vaka which left Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on September 10 for
the 3000 nautical mile voyage, will be handed to Te Puna Marama Voyaging
Foundation is planning a low key traditional welcome for the crew on this
historical occasion, to bless the vaka and crew on arrival.
Motu is under the command of Pwo master navigator Captain Jerry Joseph of FSM.
in charge on the voyage is veteran Cook Islands voyager Steven Daniel (Tupaia),
joined by the crew of young 16-year-old Pareu Pera from Ngatangiia (Cook
Islands), Pounamu Tipiwai-Chambers (Aotearoa), Raus Clyde and Vickson Yalisman
from Yap, FSM and Alice Mason (Spain).
vaka, to be used as a training vessel in the revival of traditional voyaging
skills, made a stop in Samoa earlier this month before making its final journey
to the Cook Islands.
spending about a week in Samoa, members of the Samoa Voyaging Society
farewelled the Vaka Motu Okeanos Waa’Qab from the Matautu marina in Apia
earlier this week.
Karl Steffany from Aiga Folau presented to the Captain of Waa’Qab, a rock with
an “afa” sennit tied around it, as a commemoration of their visit to Apia.
rock, I always see it when I go fishing at Mulinu’u. I picked it up about two
months ago and it constantly changes its colour from time to time,” he said.
Jerry Joseph told the Samoa Observer that his crew are heading to Rarotonga to
return the vessel that he was gifted with, as he has been given another vessel.
am returning it to the voyaging society of Cook Islands as they gave it to me
years ago. But I have one now, so it is practice to return the gift to our
sisters and brothers when we have enough,” Joseph said.
also suspect as is custom that the voyagers there will be welcoming us on a
traditional platform of exchanging important messages and heartfelt tributes.”
member Pounamu Tipiwai-Chambers, in a Facebook post, thanked Aiga Folau for
hosting them and gifting them supplies.
is fading behind us, and the last of the internet connection has gone, but we
are happily on our way home ... I have just managed to unpack the last of the
many amazing boxes and bags of treats that were gifted to us this (Monday)
morning, and looking at the kitchen alone, I feel that we have more food on
this leg then the last!
in Samoa was absolutely beautiful! From the vast landscape itself, to the
hospitality by the Samoan Voyaging Society, the Cook Islands community, as well
as the many new and old friends and family. We thoroughly enjoyed the quick pit
stop, and little glimpse into Samoan life, but I am definitely ready to get
will forever remember how welcome and accommodated we felt, and look forward to
doing the same in the near future. So far, there has only been a quick shower
as we were exiting Apia Marina, which was a beautiful way to cleanse ourselves
as we headed out into the realm of Tangaroa and Hinemoana.
rolling waves are once again the familiar and comforting feeling we have missed
for the past few days, and the sun is beaming down.”
Motu has a design based on a traditional Polynesian model and is the third
built by Auckland’s Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders.
as the “work boat of the Pacific”, the vaka weighs nine tons and can
accommodate 11 people and three tons of cargo.