The Gaualofa was provided to the Aiga Folau o Samoa or Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS) by Okeanos in 2009, under a lease to purchase agreement.
The SVS is a Samoa-Registered non-profit organization established in 2009. The mission of the SVS is to firmly re-establish traditional voyaging as part of the Samoan cultural and national heritage. SVS aims to engage the people of Samoa, especially the youth, to contribute to sustainable development and the preservation of the Samoan marine and land environment. SVS is developing resource renewal and public education programs.
The Gaualofa is the key tool for the promotion and for achieving the goals of the SVS.