The Challenges Ahead

This Mission is a huge task that will start on the island of Raiatea, Tahiti. Raiatea was the central hub for most Polynesian people in ancient times. This was due to the marae Taputapuatea, situated on the land Matahira-i-te-ra'i, believed to be an area where the gods lived. This site was one where humans and the gods could interact. The marae was a religious and public space where the community gathered for ceremonies and rituals.   Marae Taputapuatea was a site for a Pacific-wide pilgrimage, where Ariki or chiefs were consecrated and where priests consulted with their gods. The three marae, Marae Tauraʻa, Marae Hauviri, and Marae Taputapuatea work in function with each other, yet each served a different purpose. Raiatea is still known as Havaiki, the ancestral home of Hawaiʻi.  Hawaiʻi, being isolated from other Pacific peoples, soon took those ancient fighting art forms and over hundreds of years, evolved to the fighting traditions we have in our various art forms of Lua. Hawaiian fighting arts, as with many other fighting arts, has a genealogy that can be traced to distant lands and their people. How interesting will it be to try and retrace this genealogy of  Hawaiʻiʻs warrior arts to Raiatea  and other distant islands.





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