Dr. Jane Freeman Moulin

Dr. Jane Freeman Moulin is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai‘i. She is the author of over 50 articles and books on the performative arts of French Polynesia, including The Dance of Tahiti, Music in the Southern Marquesas Islands, and Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. As the Primary Researcher […]

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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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Ghislaini Houze

Ghislaini Houzel, An engineer and geophysicist by trade, Ghislain Houzel has worked for many years in French Polynesia, where he often resides.  Passionate in the history of the great maritime discoveries in the Pacific Ocean, Ghislain has written several articles on this topic, most notably, the book “Des Nouvelles de Monsieur de la Perouse”.  In […]

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Ghislaini Houzel

Ghislaini Houzel, An engineer and geophysicist by trade, Ghislain Houzel has worked for many years in French Polynesia, where he often resides.  Passionate in the history of the great maritime discoveries in the Pacific Ocean, Ghislain has written several articles on this topic, most notably, the book “Des Nouvelles de Monsieur de la Perouse”.  In […]

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Victoria Andrews

Ms Victoria Andrews,  Heritage, conservation and art professional.  She was Assistant Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA prior to moving to New Zealand in 1995.  She has maintained her museum associations while working on the preservation of Maori and European cultural heritage.  She has traveled extensively through the […]

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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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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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