Maritime skills have long been a major part of Fijian culture, particularly Fijian expertise in seafaring vessels. The waqa ni viti is a traditional sailing boat with designs and sizes that vary from the twin hulled drua, to the outrigger single-hulled camakau, to the smaller takia. Use of these traditional Fijian canoes, however, has slowly faded from the locals’ lifestyles.
Pacific Blue Foundation is dedicated to conserving cultural and biological diversity in South Pacific Island Nations and other coastal regions. Pacific Blue Foundation provides basic research, education, encouragement and dissemination of sustainable practices in coastal regions with the ultimate goal of preserving and promoting the biological and cultural diversity of the region.
Fiji Times, Saturday, January 23, 2010
A large crowd of islanders gathered on Saturday afternoon on the Suva Harbor foreshore for three races of camakau, or traditional outrigger sailing canoes.
Traditional skills hark back to past
Fiji Times, Sunday, January 24, 2010
Rocket Stoves to Save Millions Thursday, January 21, 2010 Sireli Kago with rocket stoves at Tovu Village. About 90 households in Totoya, in Lau, will soon enjoy cooking on smokeless stoves donated by the Pacific Blue Foundation. Commonly known as the rocket stove, the new product is effectively used in developing countries such […]
Fiji Times, Thursday, January 21, 2010
About 90 households in Totoya, in Lau, will soon enjoy cooking on smokeless stoves donated by the Pacific Blue Foundation.
Islanders Prepare For Canoe Race Fiji Times, Thursday, January 16, 2010 Test run … the camakau traditional Fijian canoe, on Laucala Bay yesterday. The people of Suva will see first-hand traditional maritime skills on display when the people of Fulaga and Moce battle it out in a canoe race next week. The competition is organised […]
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A Fijian village’s economy relies heavily on its fisheries. In an effort to sustain the marine resources of Fiji, Pacific Blue Foundation placed much of its energy into environmental conservation in 2009.
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In 2008, Pacific Blue Foundation’s work was geared toward empowering the local Fijians on Yanuca Island. Villagers were encouraged to provide input, take part in surveys, and govern with a new system, while still upholding their tradition.