Pair works to revive old Samoan tradition of building sailing canoes

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Rev. Tini Filisi of the CCCAS Church Gatavai, using coconut juice for the traditional Samoan blessing following a short prayer service for one of the three traditional sailing canoes that were built by Su’a Wilson Fitiao and Malouamaua Dr. T. Tuiolosega during a ceremony last Friday afternoon at Utulei Beach. The traditional sailing canoes were built from trees grown throughout the Samoan islands.

Su’a told Samoa News that the building project started in December 2014 and the goal was to revive this old Samoan tradition of building sailing canoes, which Samoans used in days gone by to sail the vast Pacific ocean.

Malouamaua said neither he nor Su’a are canoe builders but it’s the goal to revive this old tradition for the young generation. See Samoan story in today’s Lali section of Samoa News.

The two canoe builders, Su’a Wilson Fitiao (second from left) and Malouamaua Dr. T. Tuiolosega (second from right) along with their wives as well as business woman Tisa Fa’amuli and others who attended last Friday’s blessing ceremony at Utulei Beach for the three traditional sailing canoes that were built by Su’a and Malouamaua.  See Samoan story in today’s Lali section of Samoa News. [photo: AF]

 

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