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Diverse contemporary voices from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific offer intriguing cultural perspectives and insights in this enriching hour-long program hosted by Hawaiian educators and cultural practitioners Snowbird Bento and Lāiana Kanoa-Wong. A new episode will be uploaded each month along with a series of compelling offshoot commentaries.


Snowbird Bento and Lāiana Kanoa-Wong as we launch a series of monthly Pacific Conversations for 2020-2021.

Snowbird Bento

Lāiana Kanoa-Wong

World Premiere!


Ancestral Sea Road
Connecting Hawaiʻi and Tahiti


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Chapter 1: Opening
Featuring a dynamic short film “ʻAha Moananuiākea” (6.5 minutes) promoting cross-cultural Pacific learning, and a dramatic trailer, “Papa Waʻa: School at Sea” (1.5 minutes) about leadership development through real-life sailing experiences, produced by Hālau Kū Māna New Century Charter School.

Chapter 2: Sea Roads Presentation
An informative overview about the Kealaikahiki sea road between Hawaiʻi and Tahiti (6.5 minutes).

Chapter 3: Panel Discussion
An inspiring conversation with Pwo navigator Nainoa Thompson, and new-generation navigators Lehua Kamalu and Kaleomanuiwa Wong about ancestral sea roads and life aboard the Hōkūleʻa as it sails across the Kealaikahiki heritage corridor.

Program Release Date:


12 PM Hawaiʻi Standard Time (Mauli)

Sacred Gathering Place of Navigators and Chiefs

Marae Taputapuātea, a highly revered religious site on Raʻiātea, is among the most sacred places in Polynesia. For centuries, chiefs and navigators from distant islands made pilgrimages there to preserve traditional voyaging knowledge and affirm chiefly alliances. Today, ceremonies are still held on the marae and it remains a mecca for voyaging canoes such as the Hōkūleʻa. A panel including marae officials will talk about protocol, guardianship, Hawaiʻi connections, and the 2017 designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hawaiian Tribe of Te Tai Tokerau Celebrates 35 Years

Hōkūleʻa’s historic landfall at Waitangi, Aotearoa on December 7, 1985 moved revered elder Sir James Henare to declare the presence of a new “sixth tribe” of the Tai Tokerau region.

This unprecedented act of deference, championed by Sir Hector Busby, led to the founding of Ngāti Ruawāhia, a Hawaiʻi tribal heritage inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and stewarded by Kamehameha Schools for some 35 years. A panel including Māori whānau (ʻohana) and friends will reflect on our shared history and provide construction updates on the Sir Hek Busby Kupe Waka Centre at Aurere, sister center of the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama.

Program Release Date:

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2020 (Mōhalu)

ALASKA NATIVE CANOE LEGACY: Yakutat Canoe Meets Hawaiʻiloa and Hōkūleʻa

The gifting of two Sitka spruce logs by the Sealaska Corporation for the building of the Hawaiʻiloa canoe in 1990 is emblematic of the indigenous principles of generosity and kindness – the notion that wealth is measured not by what we accumulate for ourselves but what we give away to others.

A panel including leaders and colleagues of our Alaska Native extended family of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, will share about the achievements and aspirations of the Alaska Native community and the sense of connectedness that all Pacific peoples feel for our sacred waterways and rich canoe traditions.

Program Release Date:

THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2021 (Kū Kahi)

Birthplace of Polynesian Language and Pacific Navigation

The Austronesian language family, to which Hawaiian and many Pacific languages belong, has its roots in what is called Taiwan today. The early speakers of this language group developed maritime sailing technology that facilitated widespread migration reaching as far west as Madagascar, down through Island Southeast Asia, into the Bismark Archipelago, and eventually to parts of Micronesia as well as Western and Eastern Polynesia in the central and northern Pacific. As they traveled, they left genetic, botanical, cultural, and linguistic imprints that form a six-thousand-year-old genealogical road map of the peopling of the Pacific. A panel including colleagues from the National Taiwan University Anthropology Department, and representatives from the Kaviyangan Paiwan Tribe of Pingtung, Taiwan will join us in this celebration of our shared Austronesian heritage.

Program Release Date:

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27, 2021 (Māhealani)


The Doldrums Are the Answer! | Nainoa Thompson, Master Navigator, PVS

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Dreams of a Young Voyager | Kalani Asano, PVS Crew

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Life at a Local High School on Raʻiātea | Teachers and Students of Faʻaroa College


Comparing Hawaiian and Tahitian Language | Dr. Keao NeSmith, Indo-Pacific Languages, UH Mānoa


Growing Up Hawaiian-Tahitian | Tauariʻi Marama-Nahalea, Dancer/Actor


Māuipāmamao: Carving Hawaiian-Māori Tribal Heritage | Kumulāʻau Sing, Carver/Artist, Kaʻiwakīloumoku


Māori-Hawaiian ʻOhana on the Waka | Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Captain, Haunui Waka