Tahitian Ancestral Knowledge by Heipua Teariki Bordes


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TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF THE KAMAKAKŪOKALANI BUILDING

KAMAKAKŪOKALANI CENTER FOR HAWAIIAN STUDIES PRESENTS TAHITIAN ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE BY

HEIPUA TEARIKI BORDES OF MOʻOREA ON:

ʻĀVEI, THE TENTACLE OF TAUMATA HAU, THE OCTOPUS

Taumata Fe’e fa’atupu Hau, is the great symbol of Moʻorea and a symbol of the Tahitian ancestral values of Harmony, Peace and Unity. Vahine Heipua will tell a story of Taumata Hau set in her mateina’a (ahupua’a) of ‘Āfareaitu in Moʻorea. Taumata Hau reveals the tentacles of Te Po and Te Ao to address important aspects of Tahitian culture: Te Parau tohu a te tupuna (the prophetic words ancestors predestinating a child.) The interdependence of Papa-fenua (Mother Earth), Te Moana (The Ocean) and Te Ra’i ( Father-Sky). The meaning of Tere Va’a (canoe trip) and Hawaiki.

VAHINE HEIPUA WILL SPEAK IN TAHITIAN WITH DR. STEVE CHAILLOUIX TRANSLATING OPENING OLI AND HULA BY MANU BOYD’S HĀLAU O KE ʻAʻALIʻI KŪ MAKANI

Wednesday, April 26 @ 6 p.m. Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies 2645 Dole Street 956-0555

Sponsored by the Gladys Kamakakūokalani ʻAinoa Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies