To all my island ohana and other friends from around the Pacific and world, I wanted to introduce you to my newly revised blogspot. Originally I set it up to discuss my recently released novel titled, "Voyages of Malolo: Secret of the Rongo." And while I am very happy to discuss it at length with anyone interested, I realized that the subject on which I wrote, "The Polynesian People" was so much broader and deeper than just the great migrations they undertook. Their culture and history is so rich noteworthy I am compelled to establish this blog and venue for people everywhere to read, share, learn and teach. So welcome, enjoy and be a part of this wonderful culture with me.
A quote from "Polynesia In Early Historic Times" by Douglas Oliver - "About 3,300 years ago one or more canoe loads of Pacific Islanders, males and females, set out in an easterly direction from southern Melanesia in search of new homelands. The reasons for their exspeditions are not known: perhapls defeat in warfare, perhaps food shortage through overpopulation or natural disaster, perhaps hope for more fruitful lands---or perhaps adventurous curiosity for what lay beyond the sunrise horizon."
The Polynesians came, and came. They navigated, explored, migrated and colonized over 20,000 islands throughout the Pacific, an area 1/3 of the earths surface. All this thousands of years before the more widely known European explorers. With them, they brought their cultures, gods and technogies eventually forming a robust, colorful, and productive societies on islands from Hawaii in the north, to Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the southwest, to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in the southeast.
This blog, including much of my Facebook postings, is dedicated to these wonderful, resourceful and intrepid people, the Polynesians. Please share your experiences and knowledge of this great culture.