Local businessman Bill Dougherty who regularly supports the Cook Islands Library and Museum and loves Pukapuka purchased the vaka on behalf of the museum.
Taio Shipping in support of the non-profit museum offered free freight.
Curator Jean Mason shared, “we are thrilled to have this vaka as she is a historic canoe, the first off the ranks and museums like artifacts to have a story.”
President of the Cook Islands Library and Museum Society Gerald McCormack shared that, “we wanted to be a part of this cultural preservation and hopefully when we get our new wing we can adequately display the importance of this unique Pukapukan vaka and other Coo Islands artifacts”.
Given current space limitations and the museum’s long awaited new wing, the vaka will remain in storage until she can be properly be blessed and presented.
The Pukapukan lopa or young men have started this week on their second canoe building it on Motu Ko where the wood lies.