Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team

Sometimes in sporting evens, the most celebrated team is not the winner but the most courageous one. This is exactly what happened at the Outrigger Canoe World Distance Championship 2017, held last week in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Outrigger Canoe, named “canotaje polinésico” in Spanish or “va’a, waa or vaka” in Polynesian languages, is the open-sea canoe used in the Central Pacific islands in traditional sporting events. … Continue reading Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team

Hawaiki Nui Va’a International race back in november

The great Polynesian canoe race, Hawaiki Nui Va’a, is coming back at the end of the year. Born in 1992, from the dream of Edouard Maamaatuaiahutapu and his friends, this International Sporting Event was inspired to its creators by the natural majesty of the islands where they lived and by the traditions of their ancestors. This last idea is clearly illustrated by the name of the race, … Continue reading Hawaiki Nui Va’a International race back in november

The Polynesian god of war conquers the UN

In ancient times, Polynesians sacrificed defeated warriors on his sacred grounds. Oro, the mythical god of war has the mana, even nowadays, to conquer the UN… at least the UNESCO committee. Better late than ever, The United Nations will soon have the occasion to fix one of its major oversight in Oceania. The center of ancient Polynesian civilisation, Marae Taputapuatea, dedicated to Oro, is on … Continue reading The Polynesian god of war conquers the UN

Micronesia stands up to a giant Chinese company

Yap is a small island in the Federated States of Micronesia, still ruled by a traditional council of chiefs. A new tourism development project pushed by a giant Chinese company would build as much as 10 000 room resort in the tiny island of 11 000 residents… The story is well told by David Morris at TheDiplomat.com. Chinese company Exhibition and Travel Group approached the island with … Continue reading Micronesia stands up to a giant Chinese company

Taro: the forgotten Pacifican superfood

It is a staple of Pacifican and Asian food, yet taro is fast disappearing from our plates. Potatoes and flour are taking its place, and people gladly forget the bland traditional vegetable. But at Pacificans we still like the full texture, unique taste, purple color of taro root, as well as its ability to quench the most urgent hunger… We found a Samoan mom who … Continue reading Taro: the forgotten Pacifican superfood

An app to identify fishes from the Pacific

The mobile app PacFishID lets you identify fish species from the Pacific. It was developed and is maintained by the Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Pacific Community, with money from Australia and the EU. The Pacific Community, a club of Pacific countries, created it for its fish inspectors. They use it to control the catch of fishermen for protected species or specific regulation. PacFishID is not … Continue reading An app to identify fishes from the Pacific

The start of the ukulele wars

Tahiti just lost its world record for biggest ukulele ensemble, obtained in April 2015. This Polynesian people proudly kept the title for one year and a half, until a church from Hong Kong (pictured above) got the best of them. The Chinese gathered 6125 players for New Year, pulverizing the 4792 players mobilized in Tahiti. In the Tahitian media, calls for a new attempt at the record … Continue reading The start of the ukulele wars

Hawaii welcomes Hokule’a back home

The conclusion of the 40,000 nautical miles around “island earth” of the double-hulled Hawaiian canoe, Hokule’a, has finally arrived to its final destination, coming back to its original Homeland, into Ala Moana Beach Park on Saturday, according to radio New Zealand. Joyful crowds were present to welcome back the seafarers, after their long journey, navigating mostly in the traditional way : finding their path trough the … Continue reading Hawaii welcomes Hokule’a back home

She navigates the world and sees it changing

Climate change is, indeed, one of the greatest challenges we, Pacificans, have to face… Jenna Ishii did experience it in real life, while she was sailing on Hokule’a, the double-hulled traditional sailing Polynesian (Hawaiian) vaka. Member of the Polynesian voyaging society, she engaged in the journey as a apprentice navigator.   During the seafaring, she noticed how the weather conditions were quite harsh. According to … Continue reading She navigates the world and sees it changing

Winter in Queenstown

Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

The first countries in the world to try out the new standard for ultra high speed mobile internet are all in the Pacific. Queenstown in New Zealand just entered the very small club of cities with maximal mobile speed, joining Vancouver in Canada and Sydney in Australia. 4.5G is also named “LTE Advanced Pro” or 4GX in Australia. With theoretical speeds of up to 1Gbs … Continue reading Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G