April 27, 2007 5:00pm Kaua`i Museum in Lihu`e

On 27 April, 2007, members of Ka ‘Imi Na’auao o Hawai’i Nei, led by Roselle Bailey, will perform opening protocol at Kaua`i Museum for the Sailing with Lata exhibition.

The exhibit is being organized to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Vaka Taumako Project, which began in 2006. Briefly, the Vaka Taumako (a canoe for Taumako) Project was started in 1996 by the Paramount Chief of Taumako island in the eastern Solomons, Koloso Kaveia to preserve and teach the traditional canoe building and navigation skills of his people. Nga Taumako (the people of Taumako) are some of the last few Poly- nesians who still know how to build and sail long-distance voyaging canoes in the way their ancestors did.

To find out more about this project, visit the Vaka Taumako section of this site, or visit www.vaka.org. Many of you know that Ka `Imi has been associated with the VTP from its inception. In September of 1997, Roselle was invited to to Taumako to bless the launching of three voyaging canoes, the first ones to have been built on the island in decades. Ka `Imi members have also helped host Taumako people who have come to Hawai`i as guests of the VTP. For this reason, the VTP have asked Ka `Imi to honor the exhibition opening with oli and mele.

The celebration will take place at the Kaua`i Museum in Lihu`e at 5:00 p.m. It is a free event and open to the public. Some of you will receive invitations from Kaua`i Museum. Even if you do not, you are still welcome to attend. Here are some photos to show you a bit about Taumako and the VTP. Perhaps these will inspire you to join us on 27 April, or to visit the exhibition at another time. It will stay at the Museum until 31 October, 2007.