Thanks to your support and interest, our third Veitau Waqa racing event at Suva Harbour on Saturday, 15 October 2011, was a success! Over 700 individuals were captivated by the revival of Fijian tradition as 16 sailors set out to compete in the double sailor and single sailor races.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday, November 28, 2010
A RESEARCH team running the world’s first underwater laboratory on the Great Barrier Reef has confirmed the natural treasure is in great danger.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
After diligently working alongside Austin Bowden-Kerby, Emma Robens’ time paid off. Her short nature film, The Coral Gardener, was announced the winner of the Panda Award at Wildscreen on October 13th, 2010.
The traditional sailing boat in Fiji comes in many sizes and designs from the twin hulled drua, the outrigger single-hulled camakau to the smaller takia.
Pacific Blue Foundation held a traditional sailing boat racing event on 23 January, 2010, Veitau Waqa – the boat lives to create greater awareness and ongoing support for preserving the sailing skills and boat building skills of the camakau, passed down through many generations by the elders on Vulaga Island and Moce island, Lau.. Read more on News article Jan 24.
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
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.