Impacts

For the last 8 years, the dedicated work of the Okeanos Foundation has fostered a renaissance in traditional Polynesian navigation and culture.

In 2012, Okeanos gifted four vakas from the Te Mana O Te Moana fleet to the voyaging societies of Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti. The significant impact of the Okeanos gifted vakas can be seen throughout the Pacific as iconic symbols of cultural pride and hope for the future, featured on agency and government issued currency, stamps, tourism and policy promotional materials.

ADDRESSING POLICY:
Our support of sustainable sea transportation in the Pacific has galvanized partnerships between Okeanos and island governments to meet several of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2017, Okeanos Foundation in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Palau and GLISPA, the Global Island Partnership, created a summer-long exhibit in the United Nations Visitors Lobby to usher in the first ever Oceans Conference, dedicated to the implementation of UN Sustainable Goal 14 (to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development). Okeanos’ Ocean Peoples exhibit featured the modern day  application of our traditional sailing canoes all throughout the Pacific – an exemplary model of how multiple SDGS can be met.

 

CULTURAL ICON:

  • Okeanos Vaka Marumaru Atua of the Cook Islands Voyaging society featured on new national currency
  • Okeanos’ Uto Ni Yalo sail under the Golden Gate bridge as part of the Te Mana O Te Moana international voyage is prominently featured on the Fiji National stamp
  • “Waka Warriors” TV series features Okeanos Master Navigator Tua Pittman and the Te Toki Voyaging Society

SYMBOL FOR CONSERVATION:

 

Gifting of Okeanos Vakas with Founder Dieter Paulmann

MESSAGING HOPE

Along with its Pan-Pacific vaka initiatives, Okeanos Foundation also advances environmental awareness through feature films like Racing Extinction and The Starchasers, ocean science symposia and vaka-based conservation events throughout the Pacific.

  • Emmy-nominated film Racing Extinction was seen in 196 countries with over 35 million views during the broadcast premiere on Discovery, marking it as the most-watched TV documentary within the last four years.
  • Over 1 million students reached in classes in the U.S.
  • Projection events at the United Nations, Empire State Building, and the Vatican achieve a total 5.3 billion media impressions.
  • Over 26k members join the Racing Extinction Challenge, committed to lifestyle changes and social actions to better the environment.