Friday photo: Leaving on a Vaka

  AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 13: A flotilla of ‘vaka’ or traditional canoes take part in a ceremonial departure ahead of their cross-Pacific voyage from Viaduct Harbour on April 13, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Powered by sun and wind only, the 15,000 nautical mile journey to Hawaii via French Polynesia will set off ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images
Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images
Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 13: A flotilla of 'vaka' or traditional canoes take part in a ceremonial departure ahead of their cross-Pacific voyage from Viaduct Harbour on April 13, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Powered by sun and wind only, the 15,000 nautical mile journey to Hawaii via French Polynesia will set off on April 16, aiming to raise awareness of environmental issues such as ocean noise pollution, acidification and anoxic waters, whilst recapturing traditional Pacific voyaging. The voyage is named 'Te Mana o Te Moana' meaning 'The Spirit of the Sea'.

 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 13: A flotilla of ‘vaka’ or traditional canoes take part in a ceremonial departure ahead of their cross-Pacific voyage from Viaduct Harbour on April 13, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Powered by sun and wind only, the 15,000 nautical mile journey to Hawaii via French Polynesia will set off on April 16, aiming to raise awareness of environmental issues such as ocean noise pollution, acidification and anoxic waters, whilst recapturing traditional Pacific voyaging. The voyage is named ‘Te Mana o Te Moana’ meaning ‘The Spirit of the Sea’.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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