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The Gaualofa
History
Samoa
NameGaualofa
OwnerSamoa Voyaging Society
BuilderSalthouse Boatbuilders
Launched2009
Identification
StatusActive
General characteristics
Class and typeVaka Moana
Tonnage13 tonnes[1]
Length72 ft (22 m) overall[1]
Beam21 ft (6.4 m)[1]
Draft6 ft (1.8 m)[1]
PropulsionSail / PV electric
Sail plancrabclaw sails
Complement14-16[1]

Gaualofa is a reconstruction of a va'a-tele ("large canoe"),[2] a double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe. It was built in 2009 by the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea.[3] It was given to the Samoa Voyaging Society in 2012, on the occasion of Samoa's 50th anniversary of independence.[4] It is used to teach polynesian navigation.

Construction

Gaualofa is one of eight vaka moana built for the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea and gifted to Pacific voyaging societies.[1] The vaka hulls are constructed of fiberglass, The wood beams are connected to the hulls with traditional lashings. The two masts are rigged with crab claw sails, with bermuda rigged sails for safety during long voyages. It is fitted with a 1 kW photovoltaic array powering a 4 kW electric motor.[1] It was constructed at Salthouse Boatbuilders in Auckland, New Zealand.

Voyages

Images

References

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  2. ^ "Va'atele Gaualofa". Samoa Voyaging Society. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Gaualofa". Okeanos Foundation for the Sea. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  4. ^ Tina Mata'afa-Tufele (6 June 2021). "Voyagers celebrate the gift of the 'Gaualofa'". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
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  9. ^ "Voyaging Canoes Depart Samoa For World Park Congress". Pacific Islands Report. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Traditional canoes set sail from Fiji to Australia". RNZ. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Traditional Samoan Voyaging Canoe To Conduct Conservation Outreach". Pacific Islands Report. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  12. ^ Laumata Lauano (5 January 2018). "Aiga Folau o Samoa take the Gaualofa to Aotearoa". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  13. ^ "Samoan canoe crew aims to preserve ancient navigation knowledge". RNZ. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  14. ^ "GAUALOFA & The Waka Odyssey at New Zealand Festival 2018". The Coconet. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Waka culture rides crest of wave". New Zealand Herald. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  16. ^ "After five months away, Gaualofa returns home". Samoa Observer. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  17. ^ Hyunsook Siutaia (8 November 2020). "Gaualofa returns after seven-week voyage". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  18. ^ Tina Mata'afa-Tufele (15 January 2021). "Gaualofa dry-docked for maintenance". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  19. ^ Marietherese Nauer (6 August 2021). "Gaualofa ready for voyaging". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2021.