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The Haka is going viral :)

KIA ORA, TALOFA!

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: http://www.hakashows.com). 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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Pacific Island Rugby: Losing its Toughness??

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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

SHOULD RUGBY PLAYERS FLOP/ DIVE DURING A GAME?

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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