Yesterday, Marae Taputapuatea in Raiatea, French Polynesia as well as the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata in Japan have been integrated in the list of World Cultural Heritage sites. If you want to learn more about Marae Taputapuatea, check this article we published yesterday. Concerning the Sacred Island of Okinoshima, UNESCO describes this site as “an exceptional example of the tradition of worship of a … Continue reading Cultural power to fight against climate change?
Better late than ever, the ancient Polynesian roofless temple or “marae” of Tapuatea has eventually been integrated to the list of the World Heritage Sites in Oceania today. Since the inscription of Easter Island and its giant statues in 1995, the region hasn’t succeeded in obtaining much of the focus of UNESCO until these last years, more precisely since The Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009). According … Continue reading The world recognizes Polynesian cultural heritage & it was damn time!
For the 2017 Miss Heilala Pageant, in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, the 16 aspiring beauty queens wore “unique island creations made from local materials, including coconut shells and fibre, dry and green coconut leaves, tapa cloth, fine woven mats, pandanus and shiny sea shells” explains Matangi Tonga Online, an information website covering the event. An account of the evening and a lot of pictures of the creations are available … Continue reading Fantastic creations by Tongan fashion designers
Japan announced last week that it plans to put a man on the moon around 2030. It is the first time the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled such an ambitious objective. To reach it, it plans to join forces with NASA in a planned american mission to go back to the moon in 15 years, as a step to reach Mars. JAXA will contribute … Continue reading A Japanese on the moon in 2030
Undoubtedly, life is really easy going in Tahiti, French Polynesia. As the old native saying goes “haere maru, haere papu”, which means “slowly but surely”. You will get a glimpse of this specially relaxed Pacifican way of life with the slideshow below… [codepeople-post-map] Continue reading In Tahiti, life’s really a beach!
A series of scientific studies on Lake Rotomahana, in Aotearoa (NZ), since 2011, have found evidence of remains of the legendary Pink and White Terraces, a natural wonder which was well know by locals and visited by adventurers from all around the world until 1886. Poetically named Te Otukapuarangi in Māori, which means “The fountain of the clouded sky”, it was renowned worldwide. It consisted of … Continue reading New Zealand’s lost 8th World Wonder spotted!
The United Nation just started its plan to save Tuvalu from climate change, a program included in the Green Climate Fund with a budget of 36 million US dollars. The UN wants to spend this money over the next 40 years in the tiny Pacific archipelago of 10 600 people, a country of atolls with an average elevation of 1.8 meters (6 feet). Scientists expect … Continue reading The UN tries to save Tuvalu from climate change
After the Tahitian version released in April, you will soon be able to watch Moana in the maori language. The crew of the Disney animated movie and local partners announced last week that they found their leading voice actress, and started a Te reo (the maori language) dubbing of Moana this week. It should be released in September of this year, in time for the … Continue reading Moana gets a maori version
A glimpse of the Pacifican lifestyle, first time gliding, for the author, Taema, over the beautiful landscapes of Tahiti ! It was my first paragliding experience. It was in Punaauia, Tahiti, French Polynesia. It was a beautiful morning. I had just received this paragliding session as a gift from my sister the evening before. She did it on purpose so I wouldn’t have too much … Continue reading Flying high over Tahitian lagoon
Sometimes in sporting evens, the most celebrated team is not the winner but the most courageous one. This is exactly what happened at the Outrigger Canoe World Distance Championship 2017, held last week in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Outrigger Canoe, named “canotaje polinésico” in Spanish or “va’a, waa or vaka” in Polynesian languages, is the open-sea canoe used in the Central Pacific islands in traditional sporting events. … Continue reading Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team