The Polynesian sculpture of the antique god A’a was analyzed last year and found to be 5 centuries old at most.. The antique wooden statue is held by the British Museum, London, England. According to the latter : “In 1821, islanders from Rurutu – one of the Austral Islands in French Polynesia – sailed to Ra’iatea in the Society Islands to give A’a to the … Continue reading Pre-european Polynesian wood artefact could be 5 centuries old!
(A solar farm in Samoa. Credit for the picture: © DANIEL LIN – National Geographics) There is a rising focus on green energy technologies in several countries around the Pacific Ocean area. These are potentially game changers, promising a quick adaptation to the challenges we are facing in our modern era, particularly climate change and its present consequences, such as a higher frequency of natural disasters … Continue reading The Pacific is converting to solar… and it’s happening fast!
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!
The great Polynesian canoe race, Hawaiki Nui Va’a, is coming back at the end of the year. Born in 1992, from the dream of Edouard Maamaatuaiahutapu and his friends, this International Sporting Event was inspired to its creators by the natural majesty of the islands where they lived and by the traditions of their ancestors. This last idea is clearly illustrated by the name of the race, … Continue reading Hawaiki Nui Va’a International race back in november
In ancient times, Polynesians sacrificed defeated warriors on his sacred grounds. Oro, the mythical god of war has the mana, even nowadays, to conquer the UN… at least the UNESCO committee. Better late than ever, The United Nations will soon have the occasion to fix one of its major oversight in Oceania. The center of ancient Polynesian civilisation, Marae Taputapuatea, dedicated to Oro, is on … Continue reading The Polynesian god of war conquers the UN
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
NZ funds Tonga infrastructures NZ prime minister Bill English declared recently in a press conference that his country would be funding US$10 million in a submarine cable between Tonga and Polynesia. The goal is to help to connect Aitutaki and Rarotonga, the main touristic islands, to the rest of the world, with enhanced speed and at lower prices. He mentioned another funding agreement signed with … Continue reading Pacific lands tighten up their links
The Azura Marine company in Bali has the project to cruise around Bali in an 8 meters, solar-power-only, boat named “Surya Namaskar” (Salutation to the sun). Actually, an Indonesian canoe, a Junkung, is being adapted to receive a big solar roof (25 m²) which will provide plenty of sun protection for its (up to) 8 passengers, but also the “fuel” to power the 10 kw electrical motor. … Continue reading Solar-powered canoe launched in July in Bali