Meet the Crew

Our Home – Manus Island

We are the Titan people, a tribe of seafaring people who live in Manus, Papua New Guinea. We have a deep physical and spiritual connection to the sea and a traditional knowledge of the diverse ecology of the ocean. There are Titan villages scattered around the south east corner of Manus; Mbunai, Pere, Mbuke Island, Timoenai, Lotcha, Mouk on Baluan Island, Johnson Island, Tawi Island and on Rambutso Island; Pusu, Popeu, Loamat, Bundrou, Liuliu and Mouklen villages. The Titan tribe at around 20,000 people is about a third of the total population of Manus. We speak the same language, have a common culture and are all related. Our ancestors were long voyage canoe builders, sailors and traditional navigators, so the ocean is our way of life and very important to us.

Manuai Matawai

Manuai Matawai

Place: Pere

Age: 43

Marital Status: Married

Role on voyage: Team leader, Captain, cameraman, communications, canoe builder

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To explore and share climate change adaptation practices, and document the link between culture, beliefs (faith) and nature. Document the suffering and pain faced by the vulnerable Pacific island communities and reach out and advocate on what can be done about it.

Richard Pangop

Richard Pangop

Place: Baluan

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married

Role on voyage: Cultural team leader, sailor

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To showcase culture, tradition and customs and experience a long Pacific voyage.

Cholai Ndritakou

Cholai Ndritakou

Place: Pere
Age: 26
Marital status: Married
Role on voyage: Fisherman, sailor, cultural dancer, team leader – dry stone walling

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To promote culture and spiritual belief, explore other Pacific islands and share and learn climate change adaptation practices.

Pokakes Pondraken

Pokakes Pondraken

Place: Pere
Age: 50
Marital Status: Married
Role on voyage: Team leader on culture/spiritual faith, navigator, fisherman, Chief representative

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

I want to explore other Pacific islands, experience the long voyage, and to share climate change adaptation with other Pacific islanders.

Manoi Ponowan

Manoi Ponowan

Place: Pere
Age: 37
Marital Status: Married
Role on voyage: Navigator, cultural dancer, fisherman, team leader – herbal medicine.

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To showcase Win Neisen faith, explore, share and learn Pacific cultures, customs and traditions and to experience a long voyage.

Pakop Samol

Pakop Samol

Place: Pere
Age: 37
Marital Status: Married
Role on voyage: Sailor, fisherman, cultural dancer

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To promote canoe culture and to showcase Win Neisen faith connected to nature.

Joseph Ambou

Joseph Ambou

Place: Baluan
Age: 23
Marital status: Single
Role on voyage: cultural dancer, sailor

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To explore the Pacific islands and experience a long canoe voyage.

Pakop Pokanau

Pakop Pokanau

Place: Pere
Age: 32
Marital status: Single
Role on voyage: Fisherman, sailor, cultural dancer

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To share ideas and the knowledge I have concerning climate change with other Pacific neighbours, demonstrate my culture and tradition and to tell the world that WIN is the SUPER POWER!

Molean Polin

Molean Polin

Place: Pere
Age: 37
Marital status: Married
Role on voyage: Fisherman, sailor, cultural dancer

Why do I want to join this voyage?

To promote my culture and tradition and to share the knowledge and experience on how to adapt to climate change.

Bernard Pochecheng Manus

Bernard Manus

Place: Mbuke Island

Age: 42

Marital Status: Married

Role on voyage: Sailor, climate change awareness team leader

Why do I want to go on this voyage?

To share what I’ve learned in my village of Mbuke Island, and learn from other Pacific communities what they are doing in terms of climate change adaptation.

19 Comments

19 thoughts on “Meet the Crew

  1. Scotty Boy

    Good luck boys. Great job so far.

    May the wind be at your back, the seas gentle and your string tight.

  2. Keep safe always. And Poke – it’s a long trip so easy on buai. Good luck boys. I wish that I could be with you. Chalapi

    • Hi brother,
      thanks for joining us.The trip is quite challenging but we believe we can do it. Our ancestors are with us, guiding us through this historic journey across the pacific. The boys are very excited and ready to sail off. Have 2 more days before disembarking our beautiful island. Poke will definitely miss buai and probably get sick if nogat buai. He needs to stock up the canoe with buai.

      Please keep joining us for more updates as we sail through.

      Manuai

      • I am so proud of you and the boys. Looking forward to your next update. Please keep in touch regularly. Ketih Jackson ran your story on his website today. It is an awesome story – and I am positvely sure that it will be read by millions around the world. You & your crew are always in my thoughts and spirit. Chalapi

  3. Meri Rambutso

    Very inspired by what you guys are doing – Show us what titans are made of boys…Makes me proud to be a titan.. Have a safe journey.. Happy sailing… Meri Rambutso

  4. Hi Kaks Manux and the tribe wishing you all the very best. I am sure you’re somewhere heading to your next destination by now. So heaps of luck always.

  5. Jay Lavapo

    Hey ol Kaiyo, with you guys all the way…very honoured to have helped put some screw in the building of the canoe….

  6. Sam ʻOhu Gon

    Hawaiʻi is learning about your voyage and your mission…best wishes for steady winds and starry skies.

  7. @benard. Upla stap we?

    • Mipla stap nau long Kavieng. expected to depart Kavieng for Lihir island tomorrow. Paul Membup of Baluan is inviting us to Lihir. A fund raising is expected to be stage. crews will be showing of some garamut dance na do power point presentation on issue of climate change. They have also asked us to join them celebrate the Independence Day.

      E kila

      manuai

  8. R Kiapin Langarap

    HI !! Boys and my TAMBU PREN (MANUX) Its very greate to know that you are all safe for the first part of the journey. Keep the spirit of TITANS HIGH and show the world how clever is our forfathers are in navigating and sailing the open saes. Tasol noken lus tingting lo stokim buai otherwise my uncle Manoi will get sick ha! ha!. I have strong faith in you all. Keep it up and may god be with you all till the end. SAFE JOURNEY. Ill be following you all and read more about your greate journey. RKLangarap (SWD)

  9. Judith Kemai

    Post update. Interested relative

    • Hi Judith, this is Kat writing on behalf of the crew from Australia. I am just waiting on some further details from Manuai and then I’ll update the blog with what has happened since Buka.

  10. Good Luck Manux and your team. Im sure you all will have a great experience and Good Luck with the Sails.

  11. Kolohie Kaluwin

    Make us proud mwenkols…..

  12. Kesaia Tabunakawai

    Best wishes to you brave Titans on your travels in connecting Pacific peoples !
    God be with you !

  13. Anna Chimollehn Samol

    To see a small island village like Pere or Mbuke or Baluan to take on board that confidence, that pride, that spirit, that eagerness, that challenge, how patriotic can I be now? Tears just rolled down my eyes as I scroll through this webpage. How awesome, and how beautiful to have families like you all to carry such an awareness to the Pacific… I am speechless…

    I would like to say here that any “sail” sails excellently through with true team leadership, true consensus, true heart. And the crew must be congratulated for their bravery and their stewardship. You all have done something greater than yourself, infact greater than your families. I thank Manuai and I commend him highly of his leadership.

    May God be with you all continue to bless your hearts as you make plans for bigger awareness to safeguard our oceans, our seas, our fish, our turtles, our dolphins, our reefs, our bays, our lagoons, our wharves.

    WIND will direct your paths.

    n’dre best salil.
    eyo, Another Erepian Soul

    Anna

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