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Okeanos Marshall Islands is an extended innovative venture of the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea. 

Our magnificent Walap (Vaka Motu) is exclusively environmentally friendly fused with known best practices on Pacific Islands traditional knowledge and modern designs running purely on green energies (wind, solar and coconut oil).

Our vision for the future is to constantly grow the fleet of canoes and have one canoe for each atoll to service the Outer Islands to continuously improve the livelihood of all communities.

In using traditional canoes as sustainable sea transportation, our mission is to:
  • Provide regular transportation for food, medical and school supplies to the Outer Islands
  • Provide inter-island transportation to assist the Outer Islands‘ economy
  • Assist sustainable development in the communities
  • Keep practicing and promoting our own traditional culture and knowledge
  • Advocate for our precious environment

Our team

ELMI
JUONRAN

Captain

PETER
LANEJ

Watch Captain

MARCH
LASKON

Crew Member

STEVEN
TAWAKE

Interim Operations Coordinator

RAKIMI
TIBON

Crew Member

GASLEY
JOHN

Volunteer


Latest news

  • UN failing to prevent tragedies – Hilda Heine
    The United Nations continues to let politics cloud its judgement and is failing to prevent tragedies, the President of the Marshall Islands says. Hilda Heine addressed the UN Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva, delivering scathing criticism of the UN’s role in the Marshall Islands’ nuclear legacy. She said ... read more
  • Climate crisis, nuclear waste and Trump: Marshall Islands struggling to stay above water
    The Marshall Islands is literally struggling to stay above water but its President Hilda Heine told Reuters she had saved her breath rather than try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to hear its climate change message. Ms Heine met Mr Trump at the White House last month, along with ... read more
  • A concrete dome housing nuclear waste in the middle of the Pacific is crumbling
    It’s called “The Runit Dome,” but locals call it “The Tomb.” In the 1970s, the United States built the huge concrete structure in the Marshall Islands to house nuclear waste amid bomb tests taking place in the region. But over the years, Mother Nature has taken a toll on the ... read more
  • Meet Okeanos Marshall Islands Captain Elmi Juonran
    Today we’d like to introduce you to our Okeanos Marshall Islands captain Elmi Juonran. Captain Elmi was trained by Alson Kelen through the Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) traditional sailing school in Majuro, Marshall Islands (RMI) and then, after commencing his work for Okeanos Sustainable Sea ... read more
  • New coalition established for Pacific women leaders
    A new coalition of female leaders in the Pacific is kicking off its first conference in the Marshall Islands today. The Pacific Women Leaders’ Coalition Conference is being held in Majuro over the next two days to promote women in leadership. It’s being attended by Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, ... read more
  • Sustainable Sailboats Help Nuclear Victims Reclaim Voyaging Identity
    For more than 2000 years, Pacific Islanders have upheld a rich history of culture and traditions deeply rooted in deep sea voyaging and navigation despite the thousands of blue water miles that divide these communities. With only the stars as their guide, Pacific voyagers seek to revive and maintain traditional ... read more

Okeanos Marshall Islands is part of the Okeanos Foundation Pan-Pacific Network