Canoes from American Samoa via Samoa to Tokelau

Apia, 1 September 2014
Two double-hulled alia, or traditional canoes named the Hokule’a and Hikianalia arrived in Apia this morning. They came alongside the Tokelau time chartered vessel PB Matua for their arrival clearance. 

The traditional canoes are managed and operated by the Aiga Folau o Samoa/Samoa Voyaging Society. They had sailed from American Samoa to arrive at the start of SIDS this morning. The plan is to depart Apia port for Fakaofo, Tokelau on 9 September.

The Director of the Tokelau Department of Transport & Support Services, Mr Asofa Fereti explained that the scheduled call to Fakaofo means his department has become involved in the canoes' shipping agency requirements in Apia.

Picture: Arrival in Apia and customs clearance this morning of the two double-hulled alia, or traditional canoes, the  Hokule’a and Hikianalia from American Samoa.