Okeanos Vakas are innovative floating classrooms providing a wide variety of educational experiences through partnerships with schools and universities across the Pacific. Okeanos Vakas have inspired learning in traditional navigation, ocean stewardship, environmental and ecosystem science for elementary, high school and university students as well as work- force training for young adults.

Virtual Reality Videos bring school children on deck of the Vakas

Virtual Reality Videos bring school children on deck of the Vakas at the School Days event of IUCN’s Wolrd Conservation Congress, 2016

 

Tahiti Voyaging Society presents to a crowd of students at  Assemblée de la Polynésie française Tahiti, 2016

Tahiti Voyaging Society presents to a crowd of students at Assemblée de la Polynésie française
Tahiti, 2016

March 2016, Samoan Voyaging Society lecture Samoan National University

Samoan Voyaging Society lecture at the National University of Samoa, March 2016

Children learn traditional sailing on vaka Faafaite in Tahiti

Children learn traditional sailing on vaka Faafaite in Tahiti, 2016

University of Auckland students visit vaka construction at Salthouse Boat Yard, 2016

University of Auckland students visit vaka construction at Salthouse Boat Yard, 2016

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Tahitian children learn celestial navigation, Taravao 2016

 University of Auckland students visit Vaka Motu Okeanos Aotearoa, June 2016

University of Auckland students visit vaka construction at Salthouse Boat Yard, 2016

High School vaka tour, Noumea, New Caledonia, 2012

High School vaka tour, Noumea, New Caledonia, 2012

Vaka crew and scientists convene at Kava Bowl Summit, Hawai'i, 2011

Vaka crew and scientists convene at Kava Bowl Summit, Hawai’i, 2011

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Children learn traditional sailing on vaka Faafaite in Tahiti, 2016

Children learn about Vaka Motu 'Okeanos', Vanuatu, 2015

Children learn about Vaka Motu ‘Okeanos’, Vanuatu, 2015

School children visit Uto Ni Yalo, Tahiti, 2012

School children visit Uto Ni Yalo, Tahiti, 2012

Okeanos outreach, Fiji Museum, 2012

Okeanos outreach, Fiji Museum, 2012

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School children visit Hine Moana, Tahiti, 2012

Children learn traditional navigation, Samoa May 2016

Children learn traditional navigation, Samoa May 2016

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Rongomai Primary School visit’s Okeanos Aotearoa, Auckland NZ, 2016

Workforce training

Workforce training, 2012

School children visit Hine Moana, Tahiti, 2012

School children visit Hine Moana, Tahiti, 2012

Youth learn traditional navigation, Solomon Islands, 2012

Youth learn traditional navigation, Solomon Islands, 2012

Workforce training

Workforce training, 2016

Peia Patai lecture on traditional navigation, University of Auckland, June 2016

Peia Patai lecture on traditional navigation, University of Auckland, June 2016

School children learn about traditional navigation, Tahiti, 2012

School children learn about traditional navigation, Tahiti, 2012

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High School vaka tour, Noumea, New Caledonia, 2012

“These traditional canoes are the strongest way for us to educate the Pacific as a region. They provide the perfect platform to educate our children in navigation, traditional coastal resource management, maritime laws, the options are endless of what you can use the canoes for as a floating classroom.”

Schannel Van Dijken
President, Samoan Voyaging Society