Taking It Back – Our lady Uto Ni Yalo

On January 14th 2014, the Vaka Moana, UTO NI YALO that sailed around the world with 6 other vakas during the Te Mana O Te Moana voyage was officially handed over to the Uto Ni Yalo Trust (UNYT) and the people of Fiji at Lautoka Wharf by Master Navigator Magnus.

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The Uto Ni Yalo before the cermony

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The Uto Ni Yalo before the cermony

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The Uto Ni Yalo before the cermony

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Traditional kava ceremony during the gifting of the Vaka

The historic occasion was a wonderful event and I’m so happy and proud to have been part of it and extremely excited to be a part of her new journey here in Fiji. At the time i was the  Secretary of the UTO NI YALO Trust (UNYT) and i was and still am extremely grateful to all the crew, family and friends of our lady Uto and of course the UNYT for opening their arms to me and including me into the wonderful Pacific Voyaging family.

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Crew member Filo places a Salusalu (flower necklace) on Master Navigator, Magnus

The whole concept of the gifting after the big voyage 2 years previously that our son got to be a part of and hooked our family into this fantastic world of traditional sailing, was to now go forth and continue reconnecting our cultures, advocating for clean oceans and to pass on the knowledge of Celestial navigation to the younger generations all while using the vakas in between islands as a means of transporting cargo proving that sustainable sea transportation was the better way to go in order to save our oceans.

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Happy that she belongs to us now

A tough task ahead you might say…some may say near impossible. To those i say nothing is impossible…besides i want my children’s children and their children and so on to enjoy the beauties of our oceans so why not.