Six "vaka moana" canoes arrived in San Francisco this morning _____ sailing across the Pacific from New Zealand to the Hawaiian Islands and to mainland U.S. _____the 15,00 mile ocean journey, the canoes arrived safely.
They are participating in the voyage "Te Mana o Te Moana" which translates to "The Spirit of the Sea". This voyage was made _____ they wanted to raise awareness about the state of the ocean and to share the wisdom of the Polynesian ancestors who loved and respected the sea. "We are all in one canoe," they said.
The canoes, each about 70 feet long, carry a crew of 16 sailors from_____ Tonga _____ the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu. More than 150 crew members are participating in the voyage, which began in April in Auckland, New Zealand.
_____ the canoes were built as the traditional vaka moana canoes used by the Pacific Islander ancestors, these have some modern changes. _____ the hulls (canoe bottoms) used to be made of wood, these are made of fiberglass. _____ , they have solar panels to power equipment on board.
_____ the ancient Polynesians navigated by the stars, these modern sailors have Internet, Facebook and Twitter as well. They even have a website where you can track their progress.
The six-canoe flotilla came in through the Golden Gate a week ago and were surprised _____ the stiff winds and fog in the bay. Fortunately, the fog lifted and the winds calmed down _____ the sailors could hold an open house and give rides to visitors.
"The Pacific is our home, our breath, our future. We can only survive _____ we come together as cultures, as crew-mates, to preserve the health of our ocean planet – Our Blue Canoe."
The flotilla will continue to Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Diego. In January of 2012, the journey will continue to the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas _____ Tahiti _____ .