Tikoidelaimakotu shares his belief about the importance of the ocean to our lives.
He believes if he can complete his father’s mission and sail a Drua back to his island in the Lau group he can demonstrate that we are still connected to the ocean.
While the ocean is important to where he is and where he comes from, it is also the horizon to which he looks for the future. His message is a call to value the body of water that sustains our planet and our ancient traditions for living sustainably with it.
The sea changed Tikoidelaimakotu Fuluna’s life at the tender age of three when it claimed his father’s life while sailing a drua (a traditional Fijian canoe) to Suva.
Having grown up in Korova in Suva, a community with a heritage of canoe building and sailing from the island of Ogea in Lau, he studied mechanical engineering and is now a service coordinator working with heavy machinery.
Throughout his life’s journey, he has not forgotten his roots.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx