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Pacific Conversations

Offshoot Commentaries: Māuipāmamao: Carving Hawaiian-Māori Tribal Heritage
12/04/2020 Mixed media artist and Ngāti Ruawāhia carver Lloyd Kumulāʻau Sing talks about his upcoming project, a poupou (tribal post) that is representative of the 6th tribe of Te Tai Tokerau, Ngāti Ruawāhia.

Ngāti Ruawāhia, Part 2: Sir Hector Hekenukumai Busby — Hawai‘i’s Legacy in Aotearoa
12/02/2020 This program is dedicated to Sir Hector Hekenukumai Busby: patriarch of Māori canoe-building and voyaging, and founding elder of the Hawaiian tribe, Ngāti Ruawāhia, now celebrating its 35th year. Featured are two brief video tributes: “Te Aurere” and “He Hekenga Turua," and a reflection piece by Kamehameha students who visited Sir Hector at his home in Aurere in 2019. Dr. Peter Phillips shares construction updates on “Sir Hec’s Kupe Waka Centre,” a school of navigation and sister center to the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center, and our Māori ʻohana send anniversary well-wishes.

Ngāti Ruawāhia, Extended Conversations: 1985 Hōkūle‘a Crew Panel
11/25/2020 Vivid storytelling and rich conversations continue in this extended hour-long segment with members of the 1985 Hokulea crew, including Nainoa Thompson, Stanley Conrad, Kālepa Baybayan, and Billy Richards.

Ngāti Ruawāhia, Part 1: Hawaiian Tribe of Te Tai Tokerau Celebrates 35 Years
11/25/2020 Hōkūleʻa’s historic landfall at Waitangi, Aotearoa on December 7, 1985 moved revered elder Sir James Henare to declare the presence of a Hawaiian, “sixth tribe” of Te Tai Tokerau region. This unprecedented honor, 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 35 years. Nainoa Thompson and the 1985 Hōkūleʻa crew reunite for an engaging panel discussion.

Offshoot Commentaries: Growing Up Hawaiian-Tahitian
11/20/2020 Tauariʻi Kamuela Nahalea-Marama talks about what it was like growing up in Tahiti and Hawaiʻi, including traveling between both places, learning both Hawaiian and Tahitian language, and how his experiences have shaped his life today.

Offshoot Commentaries: Comparing Hawaiian and Tahitian Language
11/13/2020 Dr. Keao NeSmith of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides an intriguing comparison between the Hawaiian and Tahitian languages, discussing their similarities and evolution, as well as how they are being applied in contemporary contexts.

Taputapuātea: Sacred Gathering Place of Navigators and Chiefs
10/28/2020 A fascinating exploration of one of the most sacred sites in Polynesia, Marae Taputapuātea in Ra‘iātea, including a presentation on the designation of Marae Taputapuātea as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a discussion with senior elder Papa Maraehau Kaina Tavaearii and key others directly involved in preserving the chiefly legacy of Taputapuātea.

Offshoot Commentaries: The Hikianalia Song
10/23/2020 Kalani Asano shares the meaning and inspiration behind the creation of this mele honoring Hikianalia and the lessons learned on their journey.

Offshoot Commentaries: Dreams of a Young Voyager
10/23/2020 Kalani Asano talks about his family who helped shape his love for the ocean, his travels upon the sea roads that his kūpuna once traveled, and how these experiences have helped him on his current path as a student at the prestigious California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California.

Offshoot Commentaries: The Doldrums are the Answer!
10/16/2020 Nainoa Thompson describes what the Doldrums mean to him and how this place of calm is a school of learning that teaches youth to be young navigators of not only the oceans, but of life as well.

Kealaikahiki: Ancestral Sea Road Connecting Hawai‘i and Tahiti
10/14/2020 A showcase of Hawaiʻi-Pacific world class learning sets the stage for 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.