In Call it Courage, Mafatu and his mother first reach land by being washed ashore by the terrible storm. Mafatu believes that the sea god is watching over them and taking them to shore while this is happening. Mafatu's mother is dying, but has one last bit of courage and energy left to pull them both ashore and press a coconut to her boy's mouth to feed him before she dies.
At the end of the story, when Mafatu is attempting to leave the island and reach other land with his people once again, he builds a canoe using the skill and knowledge he has acquired from living on the island. He is able to build a successful ship, with a sail that will take him back to the land he left at the beginning of the story.
he reaches land by his mother holding on to him tightly