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WHETŪ MĀRAMA – BRIGHT STAR

Three decades ago, there were no waka hourua (Māori watercraft), no ocean going waka/canoes and no surviving knowledge of celestial navigation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Oral history and carved artifacts were all that remained of the ancestral Pacific voyagers. Sir Hekenukumai ‘Hek’ Puhipi Busby has helmed this renaissance in Aotearoa/New Zealand. He reached out across the Pacific and joined an influential brain trust, specifically Nainoa Thompson from Hawai‘i and Mau Pialug from Satawal. The stars were aligned in their fellowship in an effort to revive the ancient ways. Now, 30 years on, double hulled canoes have been built. Celestial Navigation has been re-learned. The Pacific Triangle has been sailed.

Under Hek’s watch, the waka/canoe movement in New Zealand flourished to embrace thousands of New Zealanders, connect them with other Pacific Voyagers and build a community with the greatest world’s wayfarers. Together, they revived Polynesians as the greatest navigators on the planet.

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KAUA‘I SCREENING –

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19 | 5:30PM | WAIMEA THEATER

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Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan
PRODUCER(S)Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan
SCREENWRITER(S)Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan
CASTHekenukumai Nga Iwi Puhipi Busby, Nainoa Thompson, Pius ‘Mau’ Piailug, Joelene Busby, Jacko Thatcher
CINEMATOGRAPHERAlun Bollinger

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

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YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 94 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: English

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