Hawaiian Hokulea in Hakahau

Hokulea, the Hawaiian traditional sailing project, makes a stopover at Ua Pou island, in the Marquesas archipelago of French Polynesia, in April 2017, on their way back to Hawaii to complete their around the world tour! Marquesan singers and dancers warmly welcome and entertain the sailors. The next day, the Aranui 5 passenger cargo ship visits the same bay.

Video by Captain Aline Dargie
copyright 2017 Project Slow

Toanaiki from Ua Pou
Take Wing by The Polish Ambassador
License from Jumpsuit Records


Captain Aline visits sponsor Corderie Lancelin in France

Captain Aline Dargie from Project Slow Marquesas visits sponsor Corderie Lancelin in Ernee, France. Nicolas Lancelin carries on the tradition of making high quality braided and twisted lines, just like the three family generations before him. See skilled hands working in this modern factory, where everyone wears a smile to work. The factory has a nice ambiance and comfortable working conditions. it is a great feeling of security and style to sail aboard Pizza with lines made here!

Watch the breaking strength test and see if the line breaks in the weak spot Nicolas predicted…

Music: Hinenao au & Ka’oha – Takanini

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An early morning walk to gaze out to my family’s sailboat at a mooring in Freeport, ME.

Entranced by the fresh textures of seaweed and weathered patterns in stone during the golden hour.

Discovering Nudibranch Personalities

Gorgeous science in the atoll of Fakarava

Scientists from Kahi Kai, Aldine Aimel and Eric Rottinger, visited our home in August 2016 in Fakarava, to make a collaboration with many local people, sharing knowledge, and collecting live specimens to photograph in the ocean, lagoon, and aboard the Vaa Motu sailing canoe. Kahi Kai creates stunning photographs of tiny marine animals, magnifying and sharing their often overlooked unique personalities and living textures. As Aldine says, “People enjoy our images, they want to look at them and understand… and what they can understand they can learn to protect” What a beautiful vision for this successful scientific outreach project!

Visit Kahi Kai’s online community to enjoy their images

Visit Vaa Motu on Facebook to enjoy more stories of sailing canoe adventures

Visit jugirardot.com to enjoy more of Julien Girardot’s photography in French Polynesia

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Wild Shell Poetry in Toau

Writing visual poetry with found natural objects from the wild atoll of Toau in the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia in November 2015


oyster shell and sea urchin spikes woven together with a little piece of found string

coconut critter

bicycle tubes encasing shells

colored pencil leaf

weathered pencil urchin spikes

coral crafty crab

shell speak

coral keys

turn the key! open the lock!

day glow snail trails

snail trails

driftroot shell

bone collection

grounded crown

urchins stitched

industrial urchins

hey pal!

nuts and bolts and spikes

rusty outboard engine gets some spare parts from the sea

pearl farm plastic sentiment

melted pearl farm rope wrapped with pastel turquoise

sun bleached turquoise

clip it on

urchin buoy fish shack

urchin spike buoy

urchin buoy

sweet home by the sea

urchin collar silky lagoon

dyed fabrics and sea urchins

urchin motor geometry

crusty rust and corrosion

urchin star

coral star



Spearfishing in Fakarava

Catching some dinner


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sustainable fishing

pleasurably interacting with nature

respecting the natural environment and nourishing our bodies with food from the sea


Copyright Julien Girardot Photography 2015

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Images © jugirardot.com

Medieval Shadows by the Sea


green winter garden
mont saint michel

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fresh oysters on a park bench


french style green roof

here, the earth is alive and wet




mont saint michels towering shadow


where the monks ate in medieval times


stained glass window
sparkling crystal necklace
jewel tones illuminated


little houses by the seaside


intricate detail everywhere
we explore the textures and forms
with our hands and eyes

Images © jugirardot.com and alinedargie.com

woman on a mission

journal entry from 4-21-2015

crossing pacific on SV Naoma

be independent

learn new ways all the time

challenge habits and comfort

own and buy fewer things

share knowledge with others

practice teaching and giving all that I know and have

actively integrate passions with life

live my dream with no commute to fun

feet and winch handle and sun

spend more time with close family

save more than I spend

travel light

eat healthy and natural

move my body in a creative way every day

slow down and enjoy the sail

live poetically and write about it

golden rims haiku

do not schedule too much

leave room to breathe deep

be aware of and limit the chemicals I put in my body

all natural woman here

make create invent something new everyday

sunrise around equator