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There was a time, we've been told, when human beings looked at large bodies of water as barriers to mobility. And then a few hearty souls—Vikings, the Great Chinese Fleet, the Polynesians, and others—figured out that large bodies of water are a way to increase mobility. Today we take transport across water for granted, and in this show we'll celebrate ferries. In fact, for a lot of people, the very phase, "It's my boat!" means "my ferry is coming and I'd better run." Ann will tell us about how a ferry makes her life in Port Townsend possible. And Barbara Jean reports on her "Day on the Bay" as San Francisco Ferry Artist-in-Residence for the Day. Since one of her favorite boats on the Bay is Adventure Cat, designed by Kurt Hughes, she'll also give us an update on Kurt's work with Ferries, particularly with EarthWise in Africa. What's your ferry story?
Bob s the author of the historical fiction novel, "Voyages of Malolo".
Approximately 1000 years ago, over 500 year before Christopher Columbus was born, ancient Polynesians had managed to explore and populate over 20,000 islands in the vast Pacific ocean. For reasons of famine, religion, overpopulation, war or just the overwhelming human desire for exploration, these passionate and resourceful people set out on perlious voyages in wooden canoes to find new homes and better lives.
Looks a fasinating book and 'm looking forward to chatting to Bob about it.
Martha Samasoni presently is serving Ritmo Records in the capacity of Senior Vice President of International Operations with vast NZ achievements in the creative sectors, leadership and education.
Based in Wellington, New Zealand...Martha will now have a more hands on, and in depth responsibility for the overall operation of the label.
Clearly Martha has been a advocate for Polynesians for over 3 decades in music, social justice and contemporary art forms with the result of successful artists being discovered and managed overseas with acknowledged Marketing & Promotions companies below.
At the time of this Poly Cafe Radio interview Martha had just finished hosting the Wellington Pasifika Festival with over 5000+ people attending. She amazingly was able to fit me in her already busy schedule.
Photography has become a passion for Dennis for the 3 years after s tumbling onto it by accident whilst taking family shots his demand soon increase to other fields as invitations and the word spread about his skill.
Whilst busily involved in local community activities his last year culminated in major Polynesian events where his work was present at the Pacific Music Awards, Poly Festival and Pacifica. Polynesian Beauty Pageants.
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Dennis is a strong advocate for Polynesian youth and is involved creatively with programs Turn Your Life Around ,Blue Light Discos, pacificEyeWitness and more recently with the Super City Auckland Pacific Advisory Group.
You can see allot of his work and Blogs on Polycafe.net- Polynesians Online and contact him on facebook.
Peta Si’ulepa is vocally known for rich and colourful timbre that is offset by a rhythmic approach to interpretations of phrasing and timing in song. Peta has been a regular performer on the Auckland Jazz & Blues scene since returning to NZ in the late 1990s from Samoa.
She recounts with us her mentor and inspiration the great Samoan International Singer Mavis Rivers.
Jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers recorded for Reprise, Capitol, and Vee-Jay in the early '60s before making a surprising comeback in the early '80s. Also known for being the mother of Matt Catingub, Rivers was born in 1929 in Apia, Upolu, Western Samoa, and moved to Pago Pago (American Samoa) after the Pearl Harbor bombing
Peta has been a regular on the Auckland Jazz scene and in Samoa and tells of experience in the network and the up and coming Pacific talent coming through the NZ jazz conservatory.
Born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1949
Arts columnist, Gulf News, Auckland, NZ (1992-2001)
Invited to French Polynesia in 1994 to paint and exhibit a series of Tahitian paintings (Galerie Baie de Cooke, Moorea)
In 2001 Sylvia migrated to Australia and began documenting on canvas, her Aboriginal 'heritage'. Some of that work is on this site
Studied Indigenous Australian culture via the University of South Australia (2003-2005)
After the shock discovery that she was not Australian Aboriginal at all , she changed direction and her Degree Major to Visual Arts
It appears that many of her forebears,mistakenly taken for Aboriginal people, had been slaves in Bermuda. They are believed to have been of African descent, (possibly with a mix of Native-American as well) arriving in Tasmania, Australia, in the late 1800s
In 2007, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia)
She is currently working on her Master of Arts Degree.
Raised in the largest Polynesian city in the world - Auckland, New Zealand - Sylvia developed an art style which was heavily influenced by this cultural blend.To reflect this, and enhanced by her own husband and children’s New Zealand Maori heritage, she has been working on a new body of work depicting the large number of Pacific Islanders who have also settled in her new hometown, Brisbane.
Married (mother of three), Sylvia resides in South Brisbane, Queensland
Sylvia is also known as Sylvia Huege de Serville
Julia Flynn Siler, in her first book since the New York Times bestselling The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, takes readers on a tour through the fascinating history of Hawaii in LOST KINGDOM: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure, in a tale of one of the most breathtaking land grabs of the Gilded Age.
Around 200 A.D., intrepid Polynesians arrived at an undisturbed archipelago. For centuries, their descendants lived with little contact from the western world. In 1778, their isolation was shattered with the arrival of Captain Cook.
Deftly weaving together a memorable cast of characters, Lost Hawaii brings to life the ensuing clash between a vulnerable Polynesian people and relentlessly expanding capitalist powers. Portraits of royalty and rogues, sugar barons, and missionaries combine into a sweeping tale of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s rise and fall.
At the center of the story is Lili‘uokalani, the last queen of Hawai‘i. Born in 1838, she lived through the nearly complete economic transformation of the islands. Lucrative sugar plantations gradually subsumed the majority of the land, owned almost exclusively by white planters, dubbed the “Sugar Kings.” Hawai‘i became a prize in the contest between America, Britain, and France, each seeking to expand their military and commercial influence in the Pacific.
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Poly Cafe -Pati Umaga musician-bass player, composer, producer pacific nation label and session musician,events coordinator specializing in Pacific Island themed events,human rights advocate talks of his career.Joins Up with Toni Fonoti Herbs songwriter.
welcome plans by the Afi Pasefika Trust to organise a music and arts festival which caters for young people (see story titled ‘A heart for young people’ in Friday’s Samoa Observer).
Behind the festival is award-winning musician, Lole Usoali’i.
“The trust was set up because there was a need to reach the many at-risk youth in Samoa by using the Performing Arts, Culture and God,” she said. “It was set up by Samoans for Samoans because we understand as Samoans the needs of the youth.”
What are those needs? Well one of them is a School of Performing Arts.
“Performing arts is a vehicle for them to better their self esteem,” Ms Usoali’i said.
Poly Cafe -Pt2 Toni Fonoti The Creation Of NZ Herbs Band
Polycafe welcomes Rolando Pisia Global Kool has created successfuly polynesian Australian talents showcasing their work and providing a wider fanbase to introduce and advocate Pacific Island Music in the mainstream arena.
Global Kool shared vision by many polynesian artists invites partners internationally to join together.
The outcomes of performing arts in the community alive and active increases self discovery of many of passion,purposeful energy leading to inspired actions of our young people.
The creative team Nina Sione,John,Ale,Simon Pisia,Trina Brunt,Lisa and many others have merged there talent in multi-media/music promotion/events management/sports advocate major landmark events for polynesians in the last decade throughout Australia.
Now launching 2011 Rolando attracting investment to create a massive milestone in Pacific Island music listen to Rolando advocate their vision of social justice,prayer ministry and already multi media events internationally.
Gary Powell is not your usual type of Naturopath. He is very irreverent at times when it comes to fitting into the mainstream and this gets the backs of certain people right up. He once had a mobile practice and thumbing his nose at the medical profession who were at the time referring to natural practitioners as witchdoctors, he named his practice “Witchdoctor on Wheels”.Pink Waterlily Health Centre is a natural health practise, and is located in Palmwoods, in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. The famous crafts town of Maleny is just a stone’s throw from Palmwoods, so you can add a tour of the wonderful craft shops to your itinerary when you pay Gary and Siew Lee a visit.