Gislain Houzel

Ingénieur et géophysicien de formation , Ghislain HOUZEL a travaillé de nombreuses années en Polynésie où il réside souvent .  Passionné par l’histoire des grandes découvertes maritimes dans l’océan Pacifique , Ghislain a écrit de nombreux articles sur ce sujet ; il est en particulier  l’auteur du livre  DES NOUVELLES DE MONSIEUR DE LA PEROUSE . […]

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Dr. Terry Hunt

Dr. Terry Hunt, M.A., Ph.D.,  Dean of the Clark Honors College and professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon.  He taught for 26 years at University of Hawaii prior to re-locating to Oregon.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, Hilo; a Master’s degree from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and […]

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Tahiarii Pariente

Born in Tahiti, Tahiarii’s life was indelibly influenced growing up between Europe and Polynesia. By the age of 19 he had completed a degree in Science at the “Universite Francaise du Pacifique” (Tahiti). In 1999 he graduated from the “Bond University” (Australia) with a BA in Commerce. By 2003, Tahiarii returned to the Raromatai islands to […]

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Dr. Sidsel Millerstrom

Dr. Sidsel Millerstrom, Anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Millerstrom will inform our passengers on origin and migration patterns of the Polynesians and their early settlement and life in the Marquesas.  She has worked in all the islands since 1984 and has discovered and recorded numerous tiki sculptures and more than 7,000 ancient petroglyphs (rock […]

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Dr Keao NeSmith

“Dr Keao NeSmith is a PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Waikato, New Zealand). Born and raised on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawai‘i, Dr NeSmith has spent considerable time on various islands across Polynesia studying Polynesian languages and cultures. He speaks Hawaiian, Tahitian and Marquesan as well as English and French. Dr NeSmith taught […]

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Maurice Bligh

Inventor and Historian Maurice Bligh will journey aboard the Aranui 5 on voyage 17, sailing Nov. 7, 2017, and recount the travels of his great-great-great-grandfather, Vice-Admiral William Bligh of the historically renowned HMS Bounty.  For more than 45 years, Maurice Bligh has researched his legendary ancestor and has set out to dispel the misinformation and […]

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Dr. Ku Kahakalau

Dr. Ku Kahakalau is an award-winning native Hawaiian educator, song-writer, story teller, researcher and expert in Hawaiian language, history and culture residing with her family on rural Hawaii Island. Of Hawaiian and German ancestry, and fluent in English, Hawaiian and German, Aunty Ku as she is affectionally known throughout Hawaii, has over 30 years of […]

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Teiki Huukena

Teiki Huukena,  Tattoo artist of tiki tattoo and author of the 1st Dictionary of symbols and meanings of the Polynesian tattoo of the Marquesas Islands.   Teiki Huukena has worked the Marquesan tattoo in his practice and in the studies of the meanings of the symbols of ancestral tattoos of “Patutiki” with his family and friends, […]

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Pierre Ottino

Pierre Ottino,  Doctorate in prehistoric archeology, is a reseacher at the reseach institute for development.  He spent more than 15 years researching ruined settlements in the Marquesas Islands.  His work inspired locals to reconstruct traditional housing based on elders’ recollection and his research.  This in turn revitalized the traditional crafts such as wood carving.

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Marie Noelle Ottino

Marie Noelle Ottino, Doctorate in prehistory, ethnology and anthropology from University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.  An Associate member of the Laboratory UMR 7041 (Ethnology and Preshistory) of the CNRS.   She participated in the archaeological researches and restorations, especially in the Marquesas islands of Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa and Tahuata.   Since the […]

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