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Eat Tahiti!

  If anybody asked anybody what their favorite things to do in life are, chances are “eat,” would be one of the first few things they would say in response. Everyone likes to eat, and everyone has favorite foods. I, myself, am partial to various Japanese dishes like skiyaki, yakiniku, sushi, and ramen. Some of my favorite deserts are ice cream and mango pudding. My wife, on the other hand, loves dulce deleche and cheesecake. She also makes the best snickerdoodles I have ever tasted. Hungry yet? Food. It’s part of our culture. No matter who you are or where...
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Dance Tahiti!

While all cultures around the world have their own dances, none seem to be more synonymous with dancing than the cultures of Polynesia, and none more famous than the Tahitian tāmūrē (tah-moo-ray). Most people in the world will be able to describe Tahitian dancing in one way or another, even if they are not able to identify it by name. The most likely responses received when asking random people about the tāmūrē (asked as “Tahitian dancing”) are “quick rapid drum beats,” “athletic men shaking their knees and jumping,” and, perhaps the most common of all responses, “girls...
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Act Like A Local

    My Samoan dad raised us on old recordings of Hawai’ian comedians, like Rap Reiplinger, Don Ho and other Hawaiian artists. By the time I visited Hawai’i, I knew basic Hawai’ian Pidgin, and the proper ways and times to wear an ie lavalava, or “sarong” . I didn’t realize how much easier living in Hawaii was because I knew these simple things until my friend from Missouri moved out here. A few things we told her are things I’d like to share with you today: 1) You do not need a passport to come to Hawai’i from America. Hawai’i really is the 50th state   2)...
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Never a Fatherless Child

    It’s early in the month of June, and families are already looking forward to celebrate Father’s Day. Like entering into the new millennium, my island Kingdom of Tonga has to beat the world in celebrating Father’s Day. In Tonga, Father’s Day is celebrated on the Sunday following Mother’s Day. This is a great treat for the family because they get to feast like royalty two Sundays in a row. To mark the significance of Mother’s Day, a father would roast a pig (a Tongan delicacy) for the family, and you guessed right on who would roast the pig for Father’s Day....
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The Ultimate Hawaiian Experience

    Hawaiian legend states that in the ancient past, the Hawaiian god Maui once went fishing. As he was fishing, his hook caught on the ocean floor. Thinking he’d caught a fish, Maui began to pull on his line, trying to raise his catch from the water. He pulled and he pulled. He pulled so hard that the ocean floor began to rise, and eventually it broke the surface. And thus, the islands of Hawaii came into existence, raised from the ocean’s depths by the hand of a God. The islands of Hawaii are often referred to as paradise, but the paradise that so...