Camakau gets new ‘home’ in Fijian Village

Ratu Seru Inoke Suguturaga, "chief" of the Fijian Village in 2004, stands in front of the camakau canoe's new "home."

[Reprinted from a 2004 story and photo by Mike Foley] Over 20 years ago the Polynesian Cultural Center commissioned the people of Kabara in Fiji’s Lau Islands archipelago to make a traditional ocean-voyaging canoe. Using only indigenous materials, they handcrafted a 40-foot camakau [voyaging canoe — note: the letter ‘c’ in Fijian is pronounced like a voiced […]