Soak­ing up cul­ture

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For­est View High School’s Po­line­tia Fa’atasi em­barked on a whirl­wind trip of the is­land of Oahu.

The group of 42, 25 of whom were stu­dents, left on De­cem­ber 3 for an 11-day tour.

For­est View High School teacher in charge and tu­tor Aaron Mu­tua said it was a ‘‘primo tour’’.

He de­scribed the trip as a per­form­ing arts and sight­see­ing tour.

But the fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan be­fore the group had stepped on to the is­land.

‘‘On the plane there were three sec­ondary schools in­clud­ing our­selves, Western Springs High School from Auck­land (kapa haka) and a Hawai­ian school re­turn­ing from Hamil­ton Boys’ High School . . . The cap­tain an­nounced that we were all go­ing to have a com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Mr Mu­tua said.

Af­ter the air hostesses spoke to each teacher in charge, a cul­tural com­pe­ti­tion be­gan.

‘‘The Hawai­ian school pulled out so it was just us and the kapa haka group. We had a sing off. The en­tire cabin was full,’’ he said.

While on Oahu, Po­line­tia Fa’atasi spent their time per­form­ing at the Poly­ne­sian Cul­ture Cen­tre and at lo­cal schools where they par­tic­i­pated in work­shops.

‘‘We had a Hawai­ian work­shop where the kids learnt a Hawai­ian item and about the dif­fer­ent Hawai­ian in­stru­ments and then we per­formed for the se­nior school,’’ Mr Mu­tua said.

The group was also part of the 70th an­niver­sary of the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bour. ‘‘ We went around the is­land to see lo­ca­tions where films had been made,’’ he said.

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