Guam- The seafaring community is mourning the loss of Master Navigator Manny Sikau. He passed away last Friday, February 22 surrounded by family and friends.
Sikau is originally from Polowat and was a seventh generation navigator and Master Carver. He also co-founded the University of Guam’s Traditional Seafaring Society in 1999.
Sikau was one of the members of the Traditions About Seafaring Islands (TASI) group that shared their knowledge of canoe building and traditional navigation skills. Together with Sikau, they carved out the first traditional Chamorro outrigger canoe in over 200 years called the Saina and set sail to Rota in 2009.
UOG also honored Sikau with the first honorary Master of Micronesian Traditional Knowledge degree during its Spring 2010 commencement ceremonies.
Sikau was born on February 12, 1958. He was 55 years old.