Pacific Connections Seminar Series: [Re]connecting Hawai‘i and Tahiti

February 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, John Burns Hall 3121/3125, East-West Center

"[Re]connecting Hawai‘i and Tahiti: South Pacific Perspectives on Hawai‘i and Pacific Travel in the Precolonial Period"

It is believed that Hawai‘i was first settled by migrants coming from the Marquesas, followed by a second wave of immigration launched from Bora Bora. Understanding movements during this exciting era relies heavily on interpreting oral traditions, embracing indigenous knowledge, as well as other methods of uncovering the past.

As a scholar of both Hawai‘i and Tahiti Nui, Professor Dunis will present an argument about Pele, goddess of the volcano. In retracing her pet sister’s steps between Kaua‘i and Kilauea, Professor Dunis will also illuminate H‘iiaka’s epic journey across vast stretches, reaching as far as the Galapagos Islands. Hi‘iaka is said to have overwhelmed the hordes of the giant Mo‘o and become aware of the Amerindian tuber, known today as the sweet potato. The presentation will explain how El Niño subsequently influenced settlement of the entire Pacific.

Ticket Information
Free and open to the public

Event Sponsor
Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Katherine Higgins, 956-2652,

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