The start of the ukulele wars

Tahiti just lost its world record for biggest ukulele ensemble, obtained in April 2015. This Polynesian people proudly kept the title for one year and a half, until a church from Hong Kong (pictured above) got the best of them. The Chinese gathered 6125 players for New Year, pulverizing the 4792 players mobilized in Tahiti. In the Tahitian media, calls for a new attempt at the record … Continue reading The start of the ukulele wars

Hawaii welcomes Hokule’a back home

The conclusion of the 40,000 nautical miles around “island earth” of the double-hulled Hawaiian canoe, Hokule’a, has finally arrived to its final destination, coming back to its original Homeland, into Ala Moana Beach Park on Saturday, according to radio New Zealand. Joyful crowds were present to welcome back the seafarers, after their long journey, navigating mostly in the traditional way : finding their path trough the … Continue reading Hawaii welcomes Hokule’a back home

Little J & Big Cuz

Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

“Little J & Big Cuz” is the very fist animated series produced by and starring the indigenous people of Australia. The 13 episodes of the first season are broadcasted on NITV since April the 28th, and they bring a real revolution to Australian television. The trailer: The creation of this unique animated series is long overdue : “Never before has an Australian animated show targeted an … Continue reading Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

Moko Guitar

Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs

The maori artist Hiwirori creates hand painted and decorated guitars, mixing his own style with traditional maori designs. Some of his creations are just gorgeous, as a look at the Facebook page of his MOKO Guitars collection will attest. In maori, Moko means tattoo, but Hiwirori introduces colors and painting designs as well: Of course, everywhere around the Polynesian triangle, tattoo is a central part of … Continue reading Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs

Island Chocolate Pudding with Monkey Banana and Mango

Organic cuisine is changing farming in the Pacific

When you  look for a South Pacific cook, you’ll often find that the best known is Robert Oliver. He is a prized cook, a food writer with a bestseller to his name (Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific) and a TV presenter from New Zealand. His TV show is Real Pasifik, whose mission is to “be the hub for authentic South Pacific food … Continue reading Organic cuisine is changing farming in the Pacific

What a Tahitian really thinks about Moana

(We recreated this article in video format, check it out !) Last week-end, on Saturday evening, Moana, the acclaimed cartoon about old-time Polynesian seafarers from Disney was screened in the public park of Paofai, in Papeete (Tahiti). Families came from all over the island. The place was perfect to watch the motion picture: the same spot, only decades ago, must have looked like the home island of Moana. Now it … Continue reading What a Tahitian really thinks about Moana

14 story mural in Honolulu to welcome back Hokulea

In a small neighborhood of Honolulu, south of O’ahu island, the young local artist Kamea Hadar started a huge project to commemorate the return of Hokulea. In Hawaii, Kamea Hadar is one of the best known street artist. For stater, he co-leads POW! WOW! Hawaii, the annual street-art festival held on the island. And he started working on a huge one month project: a huge 14 story high mural commemorating … Continue reading 14 story mural in Honolulu to welcome back Hokulea

Japan’s Earliest Anime Online

The Film Center section of  Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art has posted more than sixty early animes on a Japanese Animated Film Classics website. The 64 animes are dated from 1917 to 1941. As you can imagine, as we get nearer to WWII, some of the animated films are war propaganda oriented. As for the earliest ones, the collection includes The Dull Sword from 1917, … Continue reading Japan’s Earliest Anime Online