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
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
This extremely viral video was created by Manii Konui, a Turangi fellow and all-around great dad. It was brought to viral fame by the Australian Facebook page Forfaty where it has more than 7 million views! Obviously, the most famous haka, “Ka mate”, is used by the All Blacks as a war dance before their rugby games. But in maori culture and many other Polynesian islands, the haka is … Continue reading Cutest thing ever? A toddler trying the Haka!
The French nail artist Kakine created Maori-inspired nail art back in 2014 and 2015. At least three sets where documented on her blog or on Youtube. Strangely, she lives in France, quite far from our Ocean… This is a tribute to the global appeal of our diverse cultures. Kakine’s blog has been all but deserted today, but her art lives on for the rest of us to … Continue reading Maori Nail Art
This is Tikahiri. They define their style as “Paumotu Goth“, and they are living legends in French Polynesia. It mixes rock, classical instruments and polynesian lyrics in a 100% original and explosive combo. Tikahiri was created by two brothers, Aroma and Mano Salmon, born and raised on a small atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago, in French Polynesia. They spend their days living like authentic island boys, fishing, … Continue reading Meet Tikahiri, Tatoo Artists and Goth Gods Born from an Atoll
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
The maori singer Ria Hall is releasing her first solo album. If its first waiata (song) is any judge, it should be pretty darn good… “Tell Me ft. Che Fu” is a modern reggae as powerful as it is beautiful. The intention of the song is clear, as the singer herself writes on her Facebook page : “With no desire to appease the musical establishment, ‘Tell Me’ speaks … Continue reading A new Maori reggae wave : “Tell Me” by Ria Hall and Che Fu