Skippering the Paikea is one of the Cook Islands’ most experienced Master navigator, Peia Patai.
He has a crew of nine, including Aiga Folau o Samoa’s Skipper for the Gaualofa, Karl (Kalolo) Steffany, and a senior voyager, Lilimailagi Maoaluma Onesemo, of Malaemalu, Falealili and Matautu, Apia.
A mixed crew of ten in total are from the Cook Islands, Samoa and Hawaii have been voyaging at sea for the last seven days, using the ancestral traditional navigation knowledge.
The Samoa Voyaging Society will be hosting an official welcome this morning, at 10am, at SIGFA clubhouse, Matautu.
SVS Aiga Folau acknowledges the support of its key partners; MFAT New Zealand, Conservation International, and Te Puna Marama Voyaging Foundation, Cook Islands.