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indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another”.

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Advisory Council Member & Co-Founder of Kua`aina. . . Moana Swan

Moana Swan  is the co-founder of Kua`aina Associates and a Maori from the Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Porou tribes of Aotearoa - New Zealand. As a Polynesian Cultural Specialist, Moana travels regularly throughout the Pacific and has worked extensively with Polynesian traditional artists to perpetuate and showcase their various art forms. As a Director of the Lahaina International Canoe Festival he has been instrumental in reviving the art of traditional canoe building throughout the Pacific.

Moana was the co-producer of the exhibit honoring the Lifework and collective song of Sam Kaha`i Kaai titled, Näue Ka Hönua (The earth shakes) - E ala mai iä Kihanuilülümoku (Kihanuilülümoku awakens) at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in December 2006. After years of being a global tracker, Moana has returned to his homeland Aotearoa and resides in the city of Auckland.

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Maori Canoe craved at the Lahaina International Canoe Festival by Hekenukumai Busby: Elder and descendant of Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu Tribes. Voyaging canoe builder, traditional navigator and blue water sailor, member of the Polynesian voyaging `ohana. Official NZ Government cultural representative.


The curvilinear patterns on the Maori wa’a symbolize the connection between tangaroa (Maori God of the Sea) and mankind.

Canoe photos by: Ron Dahiquit

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