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.
SYMBOL FOR CONSERVATION:
Gifting of Okeanos Vakas with Founder Dieter Paulmann
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.