Marumaru Atua Update: Marumaru Atua and Gaualofa left Samoa today, 2nd Oct 2014
It’s a very hot Thursday afternoon, October 2nd 2014, when Samoa’s Vaatele Gaualofa, raises her sails again for another open ocean voyage.
Her sister Canoe, Marumaru Atua from the Cook Islands, accompanies her.
Before their departure, both crews receive traditional blessings from His Highness the Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, and also the Patron for the Aiga Folau o Samoa (Samoa Voyaging Society) while her Highness Filifilia Tamasese prepares a hearty breakfast to remember.
Galumalemana Steve Percival takes photos inside and outside their Highness’s residence Tuaefu in remembrance of the event.
In his farewell address, His Highness, acknowledges the contribution of Dieter and Hanna Paulmann of Germany to our Pacific people. The canoes remind him of their (Paulmann’s) commitments to preserving our oceans, our environments and the future of our people. He also mentions his trip to Germany in November this year and he is hoping to meet up with the Paulmann family.
The two vans on standby take voyagers back to the beach. There, the crew of Samoas Vaatele Gaualofa, receives a briefing on their environmental duties at sea from James Atherton Environment Consultant. He reminds them on the importance in logging all necessary things they observe. South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) sponsors this part of their mission together with Conservation International (CI).
It was time for them to leave the city of Apia, when they all gathered under the nearest shade on the beach for a cultural prayer from the father figure on Gaualofa, Chief, Lavata’i Mailagi.
Traditionally, the land crew, families, and friends of Samoa’s Vaatele Gaualofa, presented, each of the crew members on both canoes, with the most popular fragrance mosooi lei.
Marumaru Atua is ten minutes ahead of her sister Gaualofa, now heading to Fiji.
This update was provided by Ame Tanielu on October 2, 2014