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The Okeanos Marianas canoe sailed to Guam. A sustainable model for future sailors, it is on a journey to find a permanent home in the Marianas.  

Wind, sunshine, and the spirit of traditional sailing. Built in New Zealand, the Polynesian-style canoe and her 8 crew members have traveled from the South Pacific waters to Saipan and Rota and finally to Guam.

Devin Noisom, a Chamorro crew member from Saipan is only 20 years old, and told KUAM News, "Being the youngest sailor on the canoe I got to learn from the experienced sailors, some master navigators, it's life-changing, honestly. This canoe will be coming back and forth, Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam, and to the Northern Mariana islands. It's for all of us, it's not just for one island."

The Okeanos Marianas sailed to Guam yesterday merging history and tradition with new modern sustainable technology.

"It's a 50 foot double hulled canoe it's based on a traditional Polynesian design but made with state of the art modern materials, fiber class, solar panels, it uses coconut oil so it really doesn't use fossil fuel," he added.

For Emma Perez the Managing director, the sustainable model will go back to Saipan this afternoon, and continue sailing in the Marianas. As part of a movement to revitalize our Pacific culture. She said, "We want to develop a Pan Pacific network so that poorer smaller nations can get cargo back and forth and transportation, and it's part of a larger revival with what's going on across the Pacific that we saw evidence of at FestPac."

On our sail around Guam this afternoon, Emma says that at one point, more than 500 sails could be seen on Guam's waters. She encourages more people to join their crew to continue our traditions. "The crew is international from all over the pacific, it's like one united Pacific Voice saying we love our canoes we love our ocean," she added.

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