Welcome to the expeditionary blog for Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, a book about how the ancient voyagers of the Pacific found and settled the far-flung islands of remote Oceania.
As part of the research for this book we are going to spend 8 weeks traveling across the Pacific, from the Marquesas to Vanuatu, with stops in the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, Tonga, Hawai’i, and New Zealand.
The itinerary is designed to take us to two points of the Polynesian triangle (Hawaii and New Zealand); the likely center of ancient Polynesian culture (Tahiti, Ra’iatea); one of the earliest identifiably Polynesian settlements (Tonga); and one of the most famous Lapita sites in the Western Pacific (Vanuatu).
We will also be getting a feel for the varied geology of the Pacific by visiting volcanic or high islands (Tahiti, Hawai’i, Vanuatu); an uplifted coral island (Tonga); continental islands (New Zealand); and, most excitingly for me, an atoll (Rangiroa).
Our party consists of me (the author), my husband, Seven, and our three sons: Abraham (19), Matiu (15), and Dani (11). We will be leaving for French Polynesia at the end of June and will be posting stories and pictures as we go. You can sign up for email notification on this page or just check in with us periodically to see how it’s going!