Moanas in real life: Samoan man teaches his daughters traditional Pacific voyaging skills
By Iona Salter in Samoa
Updated January 07, 2017 12:21:44
An ocean-crossing, island-saving teenager is the Disney heroine kids are likely to be playing these school holidays, but for three Samoan sisters the fantasy is not so far from reality.
Nafanua, Leilani and Emma are 14, 12 and 10-years-old respectively, and their dad Xavier Lui is teaching them the traditional skills of Pacific sea voyaging.
Emma says she likes seeing turtles, riding the bow of the va’a (“boat” in Samoan), and feeling connected to her culture.
“It uncovers the history and you can make your own history while you sail, go on that big boat and make …