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.
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.
SYMBOL FOR CONSERVATION:
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.