First Pukapuka vaka donated

Thursday August 28, 2014 Written by Published in Return to Pukapuka
The first Pukapuka vaka built in at least 30 years is trialled and tested on the Pukapuka lagoon by locals. 14082703 The first Pukapuka vaka built in at least 30 years is trialled and tested on the Pukapuka lagoon by locals. 14082703

The first traditional Pukapukan vaka to be made in at least 30 years arrived in Rarotonga this week.

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.

Wood supplies remain low and so the vakas will be in limited supply. This second vaka will be sold to the highest bidder. Interested buyers should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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