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Liki Tiki

Building a Polynesian dugout double-hull boat in Tahiti.

The Liki Tiki Story is available for download in PDF format.

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Augusto Adrian lived near the Panama, Columbia border alone, except with his two boys by a former marriage, on the Pacific Ocean. When Germany collapses at the end of the Second World War, he was one of the first Germans out of the country and has been living with the Choco Indians in the Darien, Providence of Panama ever since. He made it possible for me to acquire the 40-foot dugout canoes. His story.

Panama, ordering the 40-foot dugout canoes and shipping them to Tahiti in 1964.

Crossing the equator aboard the French owned ship, MS Euphrate.

Papeeta, Tahiti harbor

My camp site was in Faaa, Tahiti where I built the Liki Tiki. Moorea is in the background.

The nearby Polynesian village let me use their facilities.
After dark, by the sea, villagers would sing and play string interments.


Busses transported supplies to my camp site in Faaa.

Liki Tiki construction site in Faaa, Tahiti. The boat was held together with coconut fiber rope, the Polynesian construction method.


Three days at sea made me realize a double hull boat, according to popular theory, would never reach Hawaii. The heavy weight of the hulls, one ton each, work against each other and would soon break up. Double hull theory.


The boat was then sold to the Bali Hai Hotel on the island of Moorea. Jay Carlisle, vice president of the hotel, is at the helm in 1964. Bob and Jay at the hotel 25 years later, 1989. Jay's story

Hotel guest aboard the Liki Tiki. Bob and Jay

Text version of the Liki Tiki story by Jay Carlisle. Below: Bali Hai Hotel

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