Sailing on the Blue Canoe

by on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 Comments

Setareki Ledua, whom we generally just called "Seta", is 22 years old and he is from Fiji. Between 2010 and 2013, he spent two years navigating on "Uto Ni Yalo" ("Heart of Spirit" in Fijian), one of the canoes from the Pacific Voyager fleet that roam throughout the Pacific ocean using traditional navigation methods. During June and July 2013, he was invited to Taiwan by the Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies for a 6-weeks workshop in order to share his knowlegde and his experience as the youngest Chief Officer ever on the Pacific Voyager fleet.

In this first interview, he had just arrived to Taipei and he shyly introduces himself and traditional canoe sailing:

This video starts with Seta performing a Fijian haka during the opening conference of the workshop and follows-up with Seta's talk at National Taitung University where he pledges for the cause of traditional sailing:

Text of the haka:

ROGO KACI NI VANUA .........THE LAND HAS CALLING
SOKO WASA BULA                SAIL THE OCEAN/
UTO NI YALO MEU TUKUNA    HEART OF THE SPIRIT I WILL CARRY/HEART OF THE SPIRIT
VITI AU VALATAKA NI KUA    FOR FIJI I WILL FIGHT/ON BEHALF OF FIJI
HI HI HI
DAU SOKO TABU VAKA SUKA SEAFARERS WILL NEVER GIVE UP
AU NA LUVE NI QAQA             I AM THE SON OF THE WARRIOR
KALOKALO CAVU                   MOVING STARS/
UAAAA                                 WAVES
AU NA QAQA                         I AM THE WARRIOR/IM THE WINNER
HIIIIIIIIIII

Daniel Pagan Murphy (李大年)

Graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Chinese-International Relations in 2009. He has been living in Taiwan ever since and has been working at eRenlai since 2011.

Help us!

Help us keep the content of eRenlai free: take five minutes to make a donation

AMOUNT: 

Join our FB Group

Browse by Date

« October 2013 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      

We have 4718 guests and no members online