The Voyage

The trip to Kapingamarangi was interesting in many ways. From this experience I came to understand how the distances and isolation of Kapingamarangi affected the people living there. The ship makes the trip south about once every two months. This single ship is the supply line to the outside world. Fuel, food and medical attention, along with passengers are transported solely by way of this ship.




Perhaps the most interesting part of the visit was not what I learned about the old style of canoe but more what I did not. I had thought that perhaps someone on the atoll would have more information than what was available in the village on Pohnpei. However, this did not seem to be case. Too many years had passed and with them the knowledge of carving a waka siu.