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NGĀTI RUAWĀHIA, Part 2: Sir Hector Hekenukumai Busby — Hawai‘i’s Legacy in Aotearoa

Kaʻiwakīloumoku Pacific Indigenous Institute presents
Episode 3

NGĀTI RUAWĀHIA, Part 2: Sir Hector Hekenukumai Busby — Hawaiʻi’s Legacy in Aotearoa

*NOTE: use the blue dots located on the video progress bar to easily navigate between chapters.

Chapter 1: Opening Tribute

This program is dedicated to Sir Hector Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Pūhipi Busby: Pwo navigator, master canoe-builder, patriarch of Māori voyaging, and founding elder of the Hawaiian tribe, Ngāti Ruawāhia. We begin with two brief video tributes: “Te Aurere” by ʻŌiwiTV provides an overview of Sir Hec’s canoe legacy at his home in Aurere, and “He Hekenga Turua” directed by Allan George and produced by Justin Scott, is a deeply personal expression by Sir Hec, spoken in Te Reo Māori, shortly before his passing in 2019, with poignant images of his memorial services.

Chapter 2: Legacy

Science instructor Chris Blake and graduates from the Papa Kilo Hōkū navigation class at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama recount their time at Aurere, Aotearoa learning from Sir Hec and Nainoa Thompson in 2019. Dr. Peter Philips of Arawai Ltd. shares the latest developments regarding “Sir Hec’s Kupe Waka Centre,” a long-anticipated school of navigation and visitor center funded by the New Zealand government. When Sir Hec’s long-awaited dream opens its doors in November 2021, it will be a sister center to the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center located at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama in Honolulu.

Chapter 3: Māori Tributes

The family of Sir Hec and friends of Ngāti Ruawāhia reflect on our tribal relationships and express well-wishing on this 35th commemoration year for the 6th Tribe of Te Tai Tokerau. Kia ora!



Original Release Date:
December 2, 2020 (Lāʻau Kū Kahi)