Sep 8, 2016

Okeanos Foundation makes a splash at IUCN World Conservation Congress

written by Tina Baumgartner
in category Uncategorized

Aloha from from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu!

Okeanos is thrilled to be participating at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the largest conservation event on the planet where world leaders and organizations represent their role in environmental advocacy and sustainability.

The Okeanos team at Okeanos' IUCN WCC 2016 booth (from left to right: Tua Pittman, Dena Seidel, Dieter Paulmann, Steve Holloway)

Pwo navigator Tua Pittman with a part of the Okeanos team at Okeanos’ IUCN WCC 2016 booth

With an unprecedented 9,000 attendees participating in this year’s congress, Okeanos Foundation and its mission of building a pan-pacific vaka network could not have a better world stage. During the event’s pre-ceremony on September 1st , Pwo Master Navigator and Okeanos Advisory Board Member Nainoa Thompson delivered a powerful speech to a crowd on Waikiki beach, stressing the importance of the vaka as a symbol for sustainability. The Okeanos-built vaka ‘Hikianalia’ sailed in the distance as Nainoa gave special recognition to chairman Dieter Paulmann for his outstanding efforts in keeping vaka culture alive.

Okeanos founder Dieter Paulmann and the Governor of Hawai'i, David Yutaka Ige, looking at a model of Vaka Okeanos Aotearoa

Okeanos founder Dieter Paulmann and the Governor of Hawai’i, David Yutaka Ige, looking at a model of Vaka Okeanos Aotearoa

In the following days of the Congress, Dieter gave a presentation in the Hawai’i Pacific Pavillion on the future of traditional voyaging and introduced the screening of Emmy-nominated Okeanos film Racing Extinction. In both talks, Dieter spoke about the challenges of both extensive projects and the value of overcoming them to deliver messages of sustainability to future generations.

On the exhibit floor, Pwo Navigator and Okeanos Vaka Fleet Commander Peia Patai was joined by David Czap and Linda Brembs of Soel Yachts – the company responsible for our vaka’s state-of-the-art solar panel system and the design of the upcoming Okeanos Pearl (SoelCal 12) – in our multimedia Okeanos booth.

Model of the upcoming Okeanos Vaka Hapua (SoelCat 12)

Model of the upcoming Okeanos Sunchaser (SoelCat 12)

Model of the Okeanos Vaka 'Aotearoa' at the Okeanos booth

Model of the Okeanos Vaka ‘Aotearoa’

The booth featured intricate models of both the Okeanos Aotearoa and Okeanos Pearl, clips of the Okeanos Our Blue Canoe documentary series, and a 360º headset immersing guests with the crew of the Tonga Voyaging Society (TVS). Tonga Voyaging Society members Aunofo Havea and Melissa Sinclair also made special appearances in a livestream feed from their office in Tonga to announce their newly acquired whale-watching license, the next milestone in TVS’ ecotourism business.

Live stream of Okeanos team members with the Tonga Voyaging Society (TVS)

Live stream of Okeanos team members with the Tonga Voyaging Society (TVS)

There’s much to celebrate from the Aloha State!

Mahalo nui,

Team Okeanos