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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

  • 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’ sails during Christmas season
    Okeanos Marshall Islands prepares for the holidays! The crew loads up the Vaka Motu  for its next sail with supplies for the Marshall Islands community. After arriving from Ebeye during the weekend, the crew is loading up the canoe again to depart for Likiep Atoll bringing in Likiep Atoll Local Government’s ... read more
  • Okeanos Marshall Islands supplies outer islands with local crops and goods
    Ebeye community has always been extremely limited with supply of local crops and goods. Therefore, Okeanos Marshall Islands (OMI) and MISCO Market join forces in a pilot initiative to try and meet the needs of the people in Ebeye, Kwajlein Atoll. The canoe is loaded with local produce including bananas, ... read more
  • Into the sunset: Okeanos Marshall Islands’ and Okeanos Messenger’s vaka reunion
    After a reunion in Majuro, Vaka Okeanos Messenger and Okeanos Marshall Islands both prepared for their respective departures. During Okeanos Messenger’s time in Majuro, both crews participated in a rubbish collection day, organized by Okeanos Marshall Islands, Jambo Arts and the Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS). Together with a group ... read more

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