June 8th, 2018

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CI, the Samoa Voyaging Society, the Government of Samoa, and Disney work together to learn about the ocean issues facing Samoans

Traveling aboard the Gaualofa, Samoa’s traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe, a team of voyaging and environmental experts spent 12 days sailing around the islands of Samoa holding outdoor screenings of Disney’s “Moana.” They were completing a pilot campaign for marine education in the Pacific Islands that used the film’s central themes of ocean conservation and Polynesian culture to connect with children and adults alike.  

Human Nature sat down with Schannel “Sagele” van Dijken, Conservation International’s (CI) Pacific Islands marine program director and Samoa country program lead, to discuss the trip. Watch the exclusive video about the trip above. 

At its core, this project was a knowledge exchange between the communities and our project team  CI, the Samoa Voyaging Society, the Government of Samoa and Disney. As a collaborative effort, we were able to learn from communities to better understand their challenges and identify barriers to effective coastal resource management, and we were able to provide our expertise on sustainable marine management techniques.


Organization Name
The Government of Samoa
Organization Type
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
  • The event will touch on the following themes:
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


The Government of Samoa
N/A, Samoa