~ Sustainable Seafaring from Oceania. History, Design, and Relevance ~

November 22, 2015

Mau and Hokule'a

A nice depiction of Mau Piailug found at the Hokulea.com site:

Students of the POW! WOW! School of Art/808 Urban painted a mural of Papa Mau Piailug in Kaka‘ako on O‘ahu to change the way people see their environment. Painting by Kamea Hadar, 808 Urban, Fitted; Image Courtesy of 808 Urban.

BTW, here is a good page on Mau from the Polynesian Voyaging Society:

November 21, 2015

Carving the hull

From the digital collection here:
http://digicoll.man oa.hawaii.edu/kiste/Pages/browseby.php?s=browse&tid=793&route=http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/kiste/Pages/viewtext.php?s=browse&tid=263&route=browseby.php&start=60&category=6&by=category&s=browse#.php&start=12&category=6&by=category

Note the long shafted daze for carving the interior
Smoothing the exterior

Not knowing much about their boatbuilding method, I`m a bit puzzled by the last two photos.

November 18, 2015

Evolution of Pacific Culture

Published on May 18, 2012
Video 06 of the Introduction to Ethnobotany series. Presented by Will McClatchey.


November 17, 2015

Kids learning to sail...

Just to echo an article posted yesterday at Sailing Anarchy - about kids and sailing...

Found here: http://sailinganarchy.com/2015/11/15/best-day-of-my-life/

An excerpt:  "Some call it “School Sailing.” Kids call it “the best day of my life!” Whatever you call it, it’s a fun-filled, action-packed, sailing extravaganza that gets every 5th grader out sailing on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI. Oh – and let’s not forget teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through sailing, or using sailing to teach team-building and leadership skills to kids!"

The kids learn to sail, and things like using math and science while making their own sails.

That's cool.

Storm Tactics on Wharram Catamarans

Found this interesting article at the James Wharram Designs site.  Compiled by Don Brazier, Wharram agent for New Zealand, it's a collection of accounts by Wharram sailors who have experienced severe weather at sea.

Thank you, Don.  Go here:

November 16, 2015

Slightly off topic - but sustainable!

Not proas, but surfboards...  It fits one of my Labels - "pacific life".  And most importantly, it is wisdom of a kind.  After all, it was Don Redondo who said:

"Ya wanna know 'bout surfin', you surf.  Ya' don't surf, ya don't know nothin' 'bout surfin'."

Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VutqWDqEJmg&app=desktop

The Surfer's Way of Knowledge...

November 12, 2015

Return to the Islands, by Arthur Grimble

This was found at NZETC, the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection:


 Flowers and a beach

From the Epigraph to Return to the Islands, by Arthur Grimble.

First Published 1957

Printed in Great Britain by Lewis Reprints Limited, Port Talbot, Glamorgan
and Published by John Murray (Publishers) Ltd.

Even in a little thing
(A leaf, a child's hand, a star's flicker)
I shall find a song worth singing
If my eyes are wide, and sleep not.
Even in a laughable thing
(Oh, hark! The children are laughing!)
There is that which fills the heart to overflowing,
And makes dreams wistful.
Small is the life of a man
(Not too sad, not too happy):
I shall find my songs in a man's small life.
     Behold them soaring!
Very low on earth are the frigate-birds hatched,
Yet they soar as high as the sun.

Waan Aelon in Majel - Canoes of the Marshall Islands

Waan Aelon in Majel
~ Canoes of the Marshall Islands ~

If any of you are not yet familiar with this awesome site and organization, please check it out.  It is a delight and a wonderful undertaking!

Go here:

The WAM logo

Modern outrigger canoes racing

Visitors center
From the intro to their Mission Statement:

"Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) is committed to empowering the young men and women of the Marshall Islands, endowing them with the skillset essential to bring them into the global society in which we find ourselves today.

WAM uses traditional Marshallese skills for men and women as a medium to transfer needed life skills and capacity building to the youth of the Marshall Islands.

The WAM program promotes sustainable economic and cultural development, national unity and self-identity..."

And their Facebook page here:

November 11, 2015

Walap of the Marshalls

A nice sketch of a model walap from Canoes of Oceania, Haddon & Hornell. 

An oddly similar view of a real vessel found here:  http://www.realmagick.com/proa-history-of-the-proa/

More historical pics

From the Hawaiian & Pacific Images pages of the digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu site.

Found here:

Dumont d'Urville?  Caroline Islands, circa 1835

same as above

Artist unknown, Caroline Islands canoes, circa 1819
Artist unknown, Caroline Islands, 1819

November 05, 2015

Historical pics from the Jack Tobin Collection

From the Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection found here:

"Dr. Tobin extensively documented his time in Micronesia, both in written and photographic form. The photos in this collection date from 1950 through 1985, with the majority taken between 1950 and 1972. These images include not only the Marshalls, but also various atolls and islands throughout what was then the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands"

Starting here are pics of "Boats/Ships - Marshall Islands"

Carolines canoe

Another classic shot showing the beautiful Carolinian sail shape.  Found here:  http://www.multihull.de/proa/history/p_history.htm

November 02, 2015

"Atoll Memory"

A video of Ant Atoll, near Pohnpei.  Uploaded to YouTube in 2008 by Lon Warneke.