The Samoa Voyaging Socety (SVS) works to promote positive Samoan cultural values, respect for the ocean and nature, individual and social responsibility, discipline and integrity.
The SVS considers that the reintroduction of traditional sailing in Samoa will provide opportunities for youth development (sports, leadership), environmental awareness, cultural development and, potentially, tourism opportunities such as whale watching and adventure tours.
SVS is developing hands-on educational and training programmes in traditional sailing and navigation. The programmes will target young Samoan youth including school children, school leavers and other interested groups. The task of learning traditional sailing and navigation skills also develops leadership and discipline among the youth, leading to well-rounded young people capable of contributing positively to the growth of this nation.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Kauai - 11th July 2011
Last night our crew and Hine Moana crew (who sailed last year under Marc) all got together for a farewell dinner for Marc. It was really beautiful and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. We were joined by Dieter Paulman and his wife Hanna who came to pay their respects to Marc and relay their never-ending support to the crews. After a sumptuous meal, and great company, we made our way back to the va’a to ready ourselves for the next day: our departure ceremony.
Today we took our Samoan hosts and local community for a day sail: it’s our way to express our gratitude for all they have done for us. After the sail, we went to the departure ceremony held in the communal tents. Each crew member was introduced to our Hawaiian hosts and gifts of respect and gratitude were given. When all was done, we had dinner and made our way back to the va’a. Onboard Gaualofa we held an informal ava gathering for Marc’s departure and to welcome our new skipper, Jef.
We were also introduced to our new crew member Makanani from Hawaii, a pioneering voyager from Hokule’a. We hope to learn more of traditional voyaging and are sure he will become an influential cultural leader.