Justin Timberlake/ Michael Jackson- Human Nature >>> It’s Universal appeal

Malo e leilei, Bula vinaka, Talofa, Kia ora, Ia orana, Aloha…

Please allow me to be slightly distracted a little… only slightly 🙂 Sooo, went to the Justin Timberlake concert the other night for his 20/20 Experience World Tour in Sydney Australia… The best concert I’ve ever been to is Kool & The Gang 2 years ago. This concert equalled it in my book. Equal best concert i’ve ever seen. What was so awesome about this gig was that not only did the show open with cousins COMMON KINGS— >>> Check out their new single, Kingdom Come + new album to be released soon!! <<<… An island band with soul/ rock/ reggae/ r&b influenced music. group-pic-bg

Yes, Common Kings, polynesian boys (Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga) who hail from LA, USA do a killer MJ medley:

OK, now back to Justin. The show was amazing as J.T and his band the Tennessee Kids showed nothing but class throughout out the whole set, and had the whole crowd out of their seats grooving’ to his jams. The man sang, danced, joked, played guitar & piano… Showing his talent with his large array of modern classic songs, possibly showing he could well be the King of Pop of our day.

This was one of many highlights for me from the other night:

He sang Michael Jackson – Human Nature!! I mean, which islander (or any MJ fan) DOESN’T like that song?

Let’s look further into the background of this classic song…

The song was written by Steve Porcaro, 1 of 2 keyboardists from the band TOTO (a band of legendary session musicians who Quincy Jones used extensively through the 80’s is one of my all time fave bands… you know… “Africa”, Rosanna”, “Georgy Porgy”). The track was actually not one that Toto wanted to do, but Steve (Porcaro) “kept that one in his trick bag” as Steve Lukather (Toto guitarist) mentions in this video. The track was actually the final track to be chosen for the Thriller album because of it’s wonderful flavor, replacing the comparatively dated track “Carousel”. See this video from 4:12 for explanation from Toto and Quincy Jones on the making of the track Human Nature  >>> QUINCY JONES & TOTO Interviews here… <<<

Here’s the original demo track Steve Porcaro made back in 1980-81 for the Thriller Album Quincy Jones was talking about in the interview above…  >>>Steve Porcaro/ Toto- Human Nature Demo <<<

This track is so legendary, it has been sampled by many hip hop artists since it was released. Here some versions you may or may not have heard of before:

  • Craig David sings half original MJ version, half SWV. Live acoustic version in 2010. >>> See here <<<
  • Boyz II Men with their beautiful harmonies covered the track from their 2004 Throwback album- >>> See here <<<
  • The song was covered on one of the episodes of Glee in 2012>>> See Here <<< 
  • Alicia Keys used the track in 2007 and changed the lyrics in the verses for an environmental cause. Beautiful version here live with band + full orchestra. SEE Alicia belt out the “why oh why” part… gimme goosebumps!>>> See Here <<<
  • Stevie Wonder paid tribute to MJ on his 2010 world tour with his band + sweet harmonica >>> See Here <<<
  • Jason Nevins released the track ‘I’m In Heaven’ in 2003 sampling the song in a dance track- >>> See Here <<<
  • Toto (the original band who played Human nature on Thriller album) used the track for their 2011-12 tour to which Steve Porcaro returned to the band since 1983, and as tribute to MJ. >>> See Here <<<
  • Miles Davis, legendary Jazz musician and innovator, even covered this song for his 1985 ‘You’re Under Arrest’ album. He introduced the track into his live setlist until his death in the early 90’s. Check out this awesome live version with Chaka Khan live @ Montreaux 1989 >>> See Here <<<
  • Taylor Henderson, Australian who won their version of The X Factor competition in 2013, used this track and also recorded it for his first album. Sweet soul/ rock version from this gifted guitarist/ singer >>> See Here <<<

These are only a few examples why this song is so amazing, it has universal appeal and you will find countless cover versions online from artists all over the world.

Vinaka Vakalevu for putting up with my little distraction here… The JT concert was amazing. And I think we can safely conclude that the song Human Nature must be a dream to play live for many artists… Time stands still when this song plays. Ahhh, the gift of music 🙂

As a gift to you, and also to keep the island vibe… here is (in my books) the BEST reggae version of the song. PLEASE enjoy! “yyeeeeeEEEEHHOOOOOOO!”

We now gonna Human Nature outta here (whatever that means…) So…Until next post it’s a warm Tofa Soifua (goodbye in Samoan) to all…  😀

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in #Just POLYNESIAN#


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The Haka is going viral :)


I’m sure many of you know what the Haka is. If you’re not sure, please see previous post here. We’re so used to seeing the traditional Haka dances taking place before a game… Similar to this one from the recent FIBA Basketball World Cup earlier this month, New Zealand Vs USA:

Ok Ok… Probably not the best example of a haka…lol! USA were not phased as they won the game 98-71. At least the passion was there… right?

Traditional polynesian dancing has also become entertainment for many worldwide. A good example is Haka Entertainment (see here: Here’s an interesting, heartwarming comment made by Haka Entertainment on their homepage. I like this:

“The Maori people have a rich culture that has a unique spiritual depth, passionate vigour, and emotional intensity. But yet Maori still have an easy ability to laugh at themselves.

I’m certain – from personal experience too – that the comment above can be made regarding all polynesian/ islander backgrounds too. At the end of the day as long as the people (cousins, family, whoever) are united, having a good time, enjoying the fun vibes, enjoying themselves, and having fun. An endearing trait of the polynesian people.

Here’s a passionate video of the Samoan Rugby League club celebrating in the locker room after defeating France at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup…

NOTE:  if you honestly want to see a better quality version of the video >>>click here for BBC Sport article<<<

I personally think that clip is beautiful; it brings a smile to my face. 🙂

Here is a clip of College Football team the Arizona Wildcats (with a large number of polynesians in the team) performing a pre-game haka for the audience.


Much Love and peace always from the Poly Hub team. Until next post it’s a warm E hare rā (goodbye from person staying (me),lol, in Maori language) 😀

(OK, now here’s our little disclaimer, hehe… We are in no way posting this to move any person to do the Haka, or anyone to suddenly begin dancing, that is a personal choice. We are simply showing history and how certain things have brought the people together whether by tradition, or entertainment. Also from the Polynesian perspective. Whether you yourself do this by some other means, that’s wonderful (We only support that which does not go against our personal beliefs). Kudos to you 🙂 Our opinion though, at the end of the day, is not important.)
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in #Just POLYNESIAN#


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Lovely Frangipani – The Wai Siliva Group

Bula vinaka! 🙂

I personally love this song as it holds a very special place in my heart. I love the innocence, the island vibes, the beauty, the melody (especially the old school guitar solo which reminds me of my Pa’s [Dad’s side] self taught mandolin skills. He was a great player). Lovely Frangipani was released way back in 1968 from album titled Echoes Of Fiji, and was released by classic island band The Wai Siliva Group.

One thing I do remember from this track is (thank you for letting me explain) that I strongly recall my Grandma (Mum’s side) singing the song, several times, when she was alive. I’m talking about when I was way younger, like 10 years old (don’t quote me on that). It’s almost as if my mind hears her singing it every time i hear it. She was always so sweet, and never hurt a soul, and this is a really sweet song about beautiful frangipani’s (plumeria).

I hope you enjoy this track as much as I do. I can just sit here for ages with this song on repeat… “Lovely frangipani, I adore youUuUuU…”

I do not know too much about this band. There isn’t much information about this band online either. By all means, please kindly provide us with some info if you have any…

Now, if you will, please allow me to hum away at this beautiful track. Join with me in humming track all the viewers of this website, hehe!

Enjoy the Polynesian beauty! A huge big vinaka vaka levu & mahalo to all of you 🙂

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Until next post, it’s a big Moce Mada for now! 😀

Oh, by the way, here’s some Frangipani facts in case you’re interested… (only click links if you want to see further info).

– From an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess who invented a plumeria-scented perfume >>wiktionary link here<<.
– The name comes from frangi “breaking” + pani “bread,” a reference to the family’s distribution of bread in time of famine >>wikipedia link here<<
– In several Pacific islands, such as TahitiFijiSamoaHawaiiNew ZealandTonga, and the Cook Islands Plumeria species are used for making leis.
– In modern Polynesian culture, the flower can be worn by women to indicate their relationship status – over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken.
(to ensure accuracy I cross referenced this with >>link here<<, so yeah, it’s quite accurate info)


Interesting frangipani (plumeria) we found @ Polynesian Cultural Centre. Not lovely?? (lovely is what lovely does) 😛

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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in FIJI, HAWAII, Polynesian MUSIC


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Bronze Cassava Cake


Kia Orana! (Hello in Cook Islands),

I have for all of you a wonderful recipe, very simple and easy to make, but most importantly it is absolutely DELICIOUS! (Yum!)

I found out that “maniota keke” is cassava cake in Cook Islands language… I couldn’t find bronze. Someone please correct me if i’m wrong hehe!

This recipe is a fave of mine; one that I remember my Mum making for at least the last 15 years. I remember it earlier than that from one of her good friends from the Cook Islands. Whenever we used to have gatherings she would make this desert dish, and I have always loved it since my very first bite. The cassava, the coconut cream, the golden syrup (as we call it here in Australia. Or molasses, as my American wife tells me…), and the mouth explosion of island flavor in every bite. Ok, maybe I’m getting too happy… hmmm.

I have always loved eating cassava, but mainly with other Fijian foods like curry, stew, palusami, etc. or even on its own is great as a snack, but many people my mother has made this for have never had cassava in this way before. It’s unique, but the flavour is to die for! I’m sure you will love it.

You know what? How about we make the dish for ourselves… right… now?! Sounds good to me (That sounded like I was talking to myself). Ok, Here goes…



2x Grated Cassava
1 Litre Milk
Mollases (Golden Syrup) 450g
4 tbsp Brown Sugar (White Sugar is OK)
Coconut Cream (Kara brand, or one that is extra creamy)










1. Preheat oven to 200°C (392 fahrenheit)

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 2. Pour grated cassava into mixing bowl

pour milk, stir

3. Pour the milk and stir

can i eat it?

“Hey, can I eat it??

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4. Add sugar and molasses/ golden syrup

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5. Stir it up… then pour into baking tray

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7. Once poured, place tray into oven which should be preheated to 200C. Bake for 40 minutes at 200C, then lower temperature to 180C (356F) and bake for another 40 minutes.

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8. When the time is up, you should have a lovely Bronze cake. Take it out of oven, cut in squares, then leave aside to cool.

9. Once cool enough, it’s now for the best part… pour creamy coconut cream (especially Kara brand… the BEST) all over the cassava squares, and there you have it. That’s my fave island dessert everrrrrr. ENJOY 🙂


Thanks to my lovely sis for taking that pic for me, nice shot. I had to rush home and forgot to take the photo myself, lol!

Just want to say thank you to our many regular viewers of this blog. It’s been a busy 3 weeks since our last post so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! The beauty of Polynesian Culture is a beautiful thing.

Oh, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page if you do get a chance  🙂

Until next post it’s NOO AKE RA (goodbye in Cook Islands) from the PolyHub team! Take care!

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in COOK ISLANDS, Polynesian FOOD


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***FULL VIDEO @ PCC*** Elvis & Polynesian Cultural Centre/ Bula Laie

elvis @ pcc1

Bula! 😀

I was watching an Elvis movie the other night with my wife which we had rented. The movie was called ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’. Not a bad movie. Light hearted… But boy did that little girl in the movie start to elvis paradise hawaiian styleannoy me after a while… hehe 😛

Some scenes in the movie were set within the Polynesian Cultural Centre (PCC), so much so that the whole movie seemed as if it was a blatant, full blown effort to advertise the PCC, lol.

That’s fine by me as we are able to see many of the other islands on display here. In the clip below, you see Elvis crooning his way through Hawaiian dancers singing his song “This Is My Heaven”. After this Elvis runs his way through Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), then finishing with Fiji where the Fijians break out into a beautiful solo vocal (my mother said when she first saw this movie years ago, the Fijian singers gave her goosebumps!!) singing’ to the same tune of Elvis’ “Drums Of The Islands”… Actually, the song the Fijians are singing is the beautiful theme song for the Polynesian Cultural Centre titled “Bula Laie” (Laie is the name of the town in Hawaii where the PCC is located).

drums of the islands, bula laie – elvis

Here’s a bit of history; a snippet taken from the PCC website:

June 1966 

Elvis Presley spends one week at the PCC filming scenes for his new movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style. “The King” transposes PCC’s signature song, Bula Laie, written by Fijian village chief Isireli Racule, into Drums of the Islands as part of the production.

So Elvis used the same melody as the signature song for the PCC… So I guess we could says this was some of the earliest days of sampling way back in 1965! Hip-Hop would be proud, lol!

‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’ was a lighthearted film but is definitely no Blue Hawaii, that’s for sure. Though what this movie does lack in sheer beauty, makes it up with the beauty of the Polynesian islands, fashion, and of course music… ESPECIALLY the ending 🙂

Below are the lyrics to the song (apologies if any of the spelling is incorrect, willing to accept constructive criticism here as I’m currently still learning the Fijian language). See if you can follow along with the clip of the Polynesian Cultural Centre singing the song for the PCC 50th Anniversary show. Beautifully sung harmonies right here:


Fijian alphabet:
c = th, as in ‘then’
g = ng, as in ‘sing’
d = silent ‘n’ in front
b = silent ‘m’ in front

Until next post, we’re “All Shook Up” for now here @ the Poly Hub head office. Moce Mada! 🙂


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Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Honolulu, HI = Beautiful

queen kapiolani                                                                      Our view from The Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Honolulu


Our stay at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu (5 minute walk from Waikiki beach) was nothing short of delightful!

Something that was NOT delightful though was that my phone died the other day, and I lost everything on it. I wish I could’ve backed it up quicker… 😦

ANYWAYS… No matter. I still have this absolute gem of a video that I took from our 16th floor room at the Queen Kapiolani on Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu which I had fortunately saved earlier. (fullscreen view recommended)

You will see a great view of Diamond Head, then a lovely view of the clear blue water in Waikiki (wish I got more of the water on video too, so my wife tells me. I’d have to agree).

The view was so beautiful, so relaxing. We were so excited and utterly blown away at the sheer beauty of this place. What I also liked about the rooms was the windows. They are like glass window louvres (like shutters shown above), which reminded me of the islands. Wheni went to Fiji 20 years ago the windows were like that in many different places i went to during the trip, so island authenticity was a huge plus for me staying at the Queen Kapiolani. Below us directly across the street is the Honolulu Zoo. One morning we were suddenly awoken by loud Gorilla sounds! Lol! I’m telling you…Not the best thing to wake up to, no-sir-ee.

Check it out:

It was so beautiful to sit at the balcony in the evening, and feel the warm tropical breeze. Sipping on a gin and tonic. Thinking about life. Thinking about… *pinches self* I’m actually here in Hawaii.
I wrote a little something today that takes me back to the island, see if you can imagine the beauty for yourself:


Lokahi (Unity)

Peace, freedom, nature
was what was in store
A getaway to Honolulu
the Kapiolani walls
around the corner of Kapahulu
swayed the gentle waves of Waikiki
Aloha was all around me
see if you can find me…
Serenity creeps upon you
the ocean blue, it calls
a weakness for its touch
fond of the surroundings
sweet ukulele filled the air, soft sounds
floating weightless within the waters, wading
eyes closed toward the sun, 
chillaxing hath overcome
A coconut dreaming
taro leaving,
warmth of Polynesia
within a Maui Pineapple smile
it’s Golden
lost in all its glory
I’m seeing, I’m believing, I’m freeing
see if you can find me…

Whoa… so mellow…

Yes, I dedicate that poem to Hawaii, though all the islands definitely share that same beauty. We immensely enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Queen Kapiolani Hotel, and we can’t wait to go back there! I’m just going to keep this post short, sweet, and to the point…

Hawaii is amazing. GO THERE! Hahaha…   😐   I’m serious… (:-P)

For more info on the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu please visit their website:

Until next time it’s Lokahi (unity) to all. Mahalo nui loa. Ahuiho (until we meet again)… ALOHA! 🙂

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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in HAWAII


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Is Fiji Melanesian or Polynesian in Origin?

polynesian islands @ plc
Please note: My views and statements in this post do not in any way support patriotism. It is simply about history and life learning experience. In no way am I attempting to make a separation between indigenous Fijians and Fijians from other backgrounds or cultures either. My stance is, and remains, completely neutral.


I’ve been doing some thinking of late, and as you can see above, is a picture i took of the islands. It was hanging on a wall in Tahiti within the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii (Check out the Fiji FRO, lol!)… *thinking*… I mentioned to my wife the other day that one thing I really appreciated about our trip to Hawaii was the respect that Hawaii showed for Fiji. It was this and a mix of things that helped me grow more respect for my own origins which include:

1. My own personal respect for Hawaii, and learning that they are very much still in touch with their culture. The Hawaiian language is still spoken, in fact many different dialects still remain spoken…
2. The familiarity I had with many of the island things that I, even though Australian grown, still grew up around. e.g. polynesian style food, island music, island tapa designs, island fashion, and island people etc.

Those coupled with me being in such a relaxed state on vacation with my wifey really allowed me to think seriously about where my mind was at up until that point, and these things I was so familiar with had reached and awoken a place in my heart and mind that I had not paid much attention to and may have taken for granted. I have a choice to learn about my own Fijian background and language and respect it, something I unfortunately was never taught to do. (and right now i’m learning the Fijian language)

I will never forget our hiking tour guide, Jake, in Maui to who I had mentioned i’m Fijian during our conversation and my many inquisitive questions to him about Hawaiian culture. When i mentioned it he said: “OH heeey.. you’re Poly bruh”. Then quickly thrust out his hand to fist pump me… so i fist pumped him back! *POW*… YEAHH! 

The Polynesian Cultural Centre has Fiji Island in there too. Is Fiji really very similar to Polynesians in terms of culture?

I still had a few more questions that needed answering after Hawaii:

  • Are Fijians Melanesian, or Polynesian?
  • Don’t Fijians look Melanesian, not Polynesian?
  • Why are Fijians considered Polynesian according to Hawaiians?

Which brings us to this post. Are Fijian’s really Melanesian, or Polynesian? Please see below what I found on the Captain Cook Cruises website *** See link here***


While many visitors come to the island nation to enjoy a Fiji holiday characterised by sunshine, beautiful beaches and leisure opportunities, many of the best Fiji holiday packages allow insight into the interesting history of Fiji. Fiji has a rich Melanesian and Polynesian history which continues to influence the ways that people live, work, interact and celebrate in this beautiful part of the South Pacific.

Early history

It is believed the first settlers of Fiji arrived in around 1500 BC. The history of Fiji and its first inhabitants remains something of a mystery prior to this as the Fijian people depended on memory in the absence of written language.

However, it’s widely agreed that two distinct races of people, the Melanesian and Polynesian races, first settled Fiji, and today, those enjoying Fiji holidays are more interested than ever to learn more about these peoples and their influence.

Melanesian people

Melanesian people came to Fiji from nearby islands, including Vanuatu, New Caledonia and the eastern Solomon Islands. With dark skin, the Melanesian settlers had many of the physical attributes and qualities of what people sometimes referred to as the Negro race.

Polynesian people

The Lapita people were the other settlers of Fiji. These people came from an area of New Caledonia where significant deposits of their unique forms of pottery were found. Lapita pottery is defined by the geometric designs that were created by stamping the unfired clay with an implement that can be likened to a tooth, and examples of this pottery have been found in New Guinea and further east in Samoa.

lapita pottery

The Lapita people were taller and had lighter skin and straighter hair than the Melanesian people. These people and their descendants are now referred to as Polynesian people and were known to be skilled as sailors and navigators. This is logical, as the subsistence of the Lapita people came predominantly from fishing along the coasts of the islands that they inhabited.

Who was there first?

There is some conjecture as to which group of people first came to Fiji. Much evidence suggests that the Lapita people were the first settlers of Fiji and that they came from Southeast Asia via New Guinea and New Caledonia. These people settled on the major islands of Fiji and close to the shorelines of these islands.

It is believed that the Melanesian people came to Fiji some time later and settled in the less hospitable and accommodating areas of the islands, located further inland.


As the centuries passed, the Melanesian population of Fiji increased significantly. As it did so, tensions between the Melanesian and Polynesian people grew and, ultimately, a significant number of the Lapita people chose, or were coerced, to leave Fiji and settle in locations further east, such as Tonga, Samoa and other islands which are today collectively known as Polynesia.

The Melanesian people stayed and their race soon came to dominate the various islands comprising Fiji. However, it is interesting to note that various aspects of the Lapita culture were taken up by the Melanesian people, most notably their hierarchical social structure*.

While English contact and settlement further shaped and influenced Fiji and political independence was won in 1974, the influence of the Melanesian and Polynesian people continues to be felt in the island nation. The history of these two groups is often of interest to people visiting from Fiji from many parts of the world.


So, what about this: Hierarchical Social Structure? This informative website *see link here* was extremely helpful. It mentions this:

‘We know who the Fijians are today, but we also know that they are not truly Melanesian when compared with what must have been the parent stock back in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands or New Caledonia. The people of Fiji are larger – much larger in some cases, as in the province of Nadroga where even the women are nearly 180 centimeters (6 ft) tall. They speak a different language and enjoy their own material culture.’ 

David Stanley shows the following in his book ‘Fiji Islands Handbook’:

snippet from The Fiji Handbook

Ok, so the Fijian people are known to have originated from the Lapita people who eventually branched out to the other Polynesian islands. Though some things remained in Fiji, namely the way the Chiefs ran the show which was identical to Polynesians; through family line rather than the Melanesian system where Chiefs are determined by stature. Interesting… What else can we learn?


Polynesian Triangle

Here is what’s known as the Polynesian Triangle according to Wikipedia (i know… probably not the most trusted source out there):

Major Polynesian cultures include New Zealand Māori, Native Hawaiians, and the indigenous peoples of Easter Island, the Marquesas, Sāmoa, American Samoa, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Tonga. (There is no Fiji)

polynesian triangle wikipedia


Want a more legit source of info? Here’s a pic from Encyclopedia Brittanica (Still no Fiji):

polynesian triangle brittanica


Now, here is the Polynesian Triangle according to the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii ***See link here***:

polynesian triangle PCC

Notice here that this map INCLUDES Fiji. Here’s their explanation on the website:


Most indigenous Fijians are actually Melanesians, but for several thousand years Fijians have been sailing to, interacting and intermarrying with Polynesians, especially the people of Samoa and Tonga and other smaller island groups around. 

So if you ask me, If that’s good enough for them and the rest of the Polynesian islands, while also considering history, then it’s good enough for me to be accepted as Polynesian. Now I can see the history, it’s much clearer, though I’ve always kind of known in some way (without knowing) that Fiji had some close relations with the other Poly islands from when I was younger (e.g. parents always had close poly friends, and other poly’s i met always seemed to now someone Fijian…). If secular historians are eliminating the fact that these Lapita people did not first originate in Fiji before Melanesians (despite the 1000+ year old findings of their pottery in Fiji), then it’s heartwarming to know that the Polynesians lovingly accept Fijians this way, as part of their Polynesian family.                    


So, quite clearly we could say Fijians are Polynesian for following reasons:
  1. Hierarchical social structure similar to Polynesians
  2. Lapita people original settlers in Fiji, followed by Melanesians
  3. Close Relations with Tonga and Samoa (trading and intermarriage) for centuries after Lapita people left Fiji Islands
  4. Resulting in similarities in culture (inc. food, fashion, tapa design, language etc.


Here’s a really interesting comment made by a gentleman on a website providing information about Fiji…

comment about fiji origins

And that just about sums it all up folks. I sincerely believe that all people and are equal, but when considering history, Fijians definitely have strong case if determining whether they should be considered as Polynesian in origin.

If you have any comments regarding this post, please don’t shy away from letting me know your feedback on this information.


Until next post it’s Moce Mada, Sota Tale (see you later) 🙂


Posted by on August 8, 2014 in FIJI


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McDonalds Waikiki/ Haupia Pie & Pineapple Dessert

ALOHA all!

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my wife and I had some life changing experiences on our recent trip to Hawaii. Those experiences have brought me to where I am right here and now, learning the Fijian language. There is one experience from Hawaii though, that left me in awe. Yes, that experience was when we went to (oh man…) McDonalds in Waikiki!! LOL

Why do I laugh? Hmmm, maybe it’s half disbelief, half embarrassment… I mean… pfft, it’s only McDonalds *face filled with confusion* of all places, RIGHT?

Ok, please allow me a short minute to explain the situation if you will:

We had just arrived in Hawaii and been driven via shuttle to our hotel (Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Waikiki), by the time we checked in, settled into our room and what not, it was about 930pm. We decided to go for a walk and look for a place to eat. We were sooooo hungry. Our minds were to exhausted after the Flight from Jacksonville FL, to Dallas TX, to Honolulu, HI… so we couldn’t be bothered looking for new places to eat. By then, in our tired state, McDonalds was the easiest, less painful, most faimliar choice.

I knew immediately what I wanted… Big Mac meal.

BUT, then I saw a sign up ahead…

haupia pie

On the sign was a Mcdonalds pie, with a flavour i had never seen before in a McDonalds restaurant. It was called Haupia Pie. No, not apple pie, HAUPIA pie. A quick search on google helped me to find out through wikipedia *see link here* what HAUPIA is (even though the picture next to it had coconuts all over it, i still Googled ‘haupia’ as i was soooo excited to see an island name on a McDonalds menu, and wanted more data to quench my thirst for Hawaiian knowledge).


We waited ever patiently for our meals. it was a little busy that night. I could not stop talking about this coconut pie i just ordered… still in disbelief that this could even be possible for McDonalds to sell such a pie. (I guess I knew it could be possible… In Australia McDonalds sold an English Pie during the FIFA World Cup which had berries and custard which was very nice indeed, but this time… I was in Hawaii, and I was loving the islands… so…)

When the meals came out and the register lady called out our receipt number. Yeah, that was our number. BUT, I saw our tray of food with an additional two cups of extra yellow stuff. I actually wasn’t sure if they got our order correctly. I asked the register lady about it, and she said: “It is a cup of Pineapple. It comes free with every meal”. I couldn’t breathe!!! The excitement! The passion! The love for Hawaiian food and island tropical fruitiness… this was GOOD.

Haupia Pie & Pineapple

I ate my burger and fries in quick haste with the look of satisfaction on my face. Then, when that was done, all that lay before me was the Haupia Pie & Pineapple. My mouth began watering again. Then there I was, blissfully enjoying the coconut haupia pie which went SO well with the golden Maui pineapple. I thought I was trying to eat them really slow to enjoy the dessert longer… Before I could take a 2nd breath, they were both… gone.

In no way will I ever regret a McDonalds meal ever again in Hawaii. I don’t know how often they make these types of pies, but I’m so glad I got to experience that. It really enhanced the Polynesian experience for me.

taro pie

McDonalds also at times have sold Taro Pies, like the one shown above… I had that on my mind this weekend.

So i went and got me some Taro tea with Tapioca pearls. It was Asian style tea but that doesn’t even matter. The flavours were sweet and still reminded me of the islands, and it was purple  🙂

The Taro tea sure tasted great, though, with all due respect to those milk tea makers, it was no compensation for my unique Haupia Pie experience. YUMM-O!

taro milk tea with tapioca pearls

It’s a kind and warm Haupia Pie Mahalo for this post. So, until next post. Moce Mada! 🙂

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in HAWAII, Polynesian FOOD


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Who is K’Nova?? …His Music/ His Life

Malo e leilei,

As you’ve may have realised, I personally have a natural passion for Island music. I’ve always had an appreciation for it… Being a guitarist, a bluesman at heart, it wasn’t until my wife and I went to Hawaii that I really, really began to appreciated the type of island and reggae sounds I had grown up listening to… And really come to respect the music even more, and love it to the extent that I do right now (Island music and 50s Rock n Roll is ALL i’ve been listening to since the trip overseas!). I recently discovered some sublime talent since Hawaii back in May: Kiwini Vaitai, Laga Savea, Kabani, Te Vaka, and many more. The other night I had some time to search iTunes for more sweet island music. What was the result of my search? I found this guy: K’Nova.


I am impressed by K’Nova. The sincerity of his voice, and the raspiness in his voice is unique. He almost sounds like an island version of Lil’ Wayne, minus the gold teef and with a voice that can hold more than just a melody. This just may be what Lil’ Wayne would sound like if he was Polynesian and… could actually sing like a pro. Another thing which also impressed about this album is that it was produced by both George Veikoso (better known as Fiji), and Laga Savea himself. it’s a polished debut album leaving me wanting to hear more.

What is it that draws me to this music? It bring back to my mind the calm that Hawaii brought to my psyche, the trees, the sky, the water, the perfect humidity, the sunshine, and the feeling of Aloha.

Check out this track from K’Nova’s self titled 2012 album “He Ikai Teu Luva” sung in his native Tongan language:

knova - knova

*** Wanna find out about K’nova?? See his Bio below ***


K’Nova Bio

The story of K’Nova is just beginning. It’s a tale of a rough upbringing, incarceration and redemption through the healing power of music. Filo Aho-Lelei Kasanova Vaiangina Jr. was born in California’s Bay Area and raised on the mean streets of East Oakland. With an often absent father and six kids to raise, his mom struggled to keep things together. The family moved from place to place and sometimes stayed in a homeless shelter. Before long, the lure of streets took over. “Home just didn’t feel like home to me so at the age of 11 I ran away… I lived with complete strangers. I guess they felt sorry for me and my story and didn’t want me in the streets.”

The next chapter is predictable enough. Like so many others, drugs, gangs and crime became a way of life and repeated trips to jail the inevitable consequences. Remembering those days today, K’Nova says “I had no future, no plans, and no hope”. His only escape was through creativity, writing poetry and raps to wile away the time. “I spent 7 years of my life behind bars for me to realize that it wasn’t for me. ”Released at the age of 19, K’Nova knew that something had to change. His solution: a one-way ticket to Hawai’i where he had cousins willing to take him in and give him a fresh start. They recognized his talent and introduced him to artists like Laga Savea and Fiji who became mentors and encouraged him to get into the studio for the first time. The result is the stunning self titled debut release.

Many artists can sing and rap, not so many can write great original songs. That makes K’Nova all the more amazing when you realize this is an artist who had never before written music or set foot in a recording studio. Not content to recycle cliches, K’Nova possesses an uncanny ability to relate his true feelings and life experience in a very compelling way. “Old Halalani” tells the story of his warm welcome in Hawai’i, while “He Ikai Teu Luva” pays tribute to his Polynesian heritage. Tracks like “There She Goes” and “Mommy” prove that this is an artist unafraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and express real emotion.

Early buzz and airplay indicate nothing but a bright future for K’Nova. In his own words: “When I flew out to Hawai’i, my life changed and I knew it changed forever. I never knew I had the talent nor the passion but I knew deep inside of my heart, I had a story. Music saved my life. In my music I’m free to express the way I feel. In my music I’ve learned what a family truly means and how important it is. And in my music I found home! I’m twenty years old now with a family of my own. I have big dreams that are soon to come to life. My dream is to be the bridge my Polynesian people could cross over. Within my people there is love and where there is love, there is always HOME!!”

>> Bio from here… <<


What a talent he is. More music coming soon… Until next Poly post, it’s Toki Sio (see you later in Tongan)  🙂


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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in HAWAII, Polynesian MUSIC, TONGA


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Pacific Island Rugby: Losing its Toughness??


The game of Rugby holds so much history in the Pacific Islands. Many islands have been around the game of rugby for a VERY long time. Here are the years the game of Rugby was founded for these countries/ islands:

NZ – 1892
Fiji – 1913
Samoa – 1924
Tonga – 1924
Niue – 1952
Hawaii – 1975
Tahiti – 1989
Cook Islands – 1989

Majority of these islands have their own traditional war dance:
New Zealand – Haka
Fijian – Cibi/ Bola
Tongan – Sipi Tau
Samoan -Siva Tau

The traditional dances of these islands are performed before the game in front of the crowd and directed to the opposite team waiting at the other side of the field’s half-way line in order to gain a psychological advantage. Check out this video where we see New Zealand + Fiji + Samoa doing their respective dances:

And sometimes you may even get to watch 2 at once!:

divingRugby has always been known to be as a real man’s game. No Faking. These day’s though, certain happenings have caused some to come to the inclusion that the game of Rugby may be losing the toughness and edge it had in years past. In a world where Soccer (of course – Football – for the fanatics) is officially known as the “world game”, the game of rugby may be taking some influence. Take a look at the NBA for example, where such players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Lance Stephenson, and Argentinian (soccer mad) Manu Ginobili are even using flop tactics in Basketball in order to to win fouls and gain an advantage. This is something you would not have seen too much of as far back as the 90’s. Here’s an example of Dwyane Wade (one of my fave players) flopping hard out of bounds while in possession!!!

Granted, this tactic is now being used in other sports. This interesting snippet from a Sydney Morning Herald article from 2011 had to say about the history of Polynesians and Rugby

The rise of the islanders is a happy confluence of supply and demand: New Zealand has been swamped by Polynesian immigration and they have forced their way into national teams by talent and sheer numbers; the globalisation of rugby has suddenly made Pacific islanders bigger, stronger and faster than almost any other peoples, the men of the match.
Robert Dewey, assistant professor of history at DePauw University in Indiana says: “Rugby, was appropriated as a ”national game” among Tongans, Samoans and indigenous Fijians.
Early rugby played an important role in expressions of village pride and masculinity, partly because so many of the traditional institutions into manhood had disappeared,” 

Hmmm…Early rugby played an important role in expressions of village pride and masculinity??

OK then. So what…. happened…. here….

I’m sure we’ve all seen this video that went viral worldwide a couple months back (apologies for quality. Though I was excited to be watching Arsenio myself on T.V in his late night slot while in USA! Didn’t know he was going to show this video to open the show…lol!). It’s a hilarious video though…!

OK, ok, I’m SURE that flop was only a slight lapse in concentration for the player *cough*notreally*cough*… in reality though, Rugby is most probably not losing toughness any time soon. But hopefully, for the LOVE of the game, we don’t see anything like that flop/ dive again in Rugby… 🙂

Please feel free to leave a comment (comment section bottom right of this post) to let us know your thoughts on seeing Rugby players flop, especially Polynesians… lol


Until next post it’s Moce Mada (goodbye) to my computer from here, and Sota Tale (see you later) to the rest of the world! 🙂

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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in #Just POLYNESIAN#


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