A quick reference to the maori shapes and symbols used in some of our jewellery.  You can also view it here http://www.pauaworld.com/maori-shapes-and-symbols/

A quick reference to the maori shapes and symbols used in some of our jewellery. You can also view it here http://www.pauaworld.com/maori-shapes-and-symbols/

In Polynesian mythology (Tuamotus), Faumea is a Polynesian ocean goddess. Tangaroa and Faumea had two sons together: Tu-Nui-Ka-Rere and Turi-A-Faumea. Later, Turi-A-Faumea's wife Hina-Arau-Riki was kidnapped by the octopus-demon Rogo-Tumu-Here. Faumea helped Tangaroa and their sons rescue Hina by withdrawing the opposing winds into the sweat of her armpit and then releasing them to power the heroes' canoes.

Dying life of the tribe: Spectacular pictures by British photographer capture the people who are in danger of disappearing forever

In Polynesian mythology (Tuamotus), Faumea is a Polynesian ocean goddess. Tangaroa and Faumea had two sons together: Tu-Nui-Ka-Rere and Turi-A-Faumea. Later, Turi-A-Faumea's wife Hina-Arau-Riki was kidnapped by the octopus-demon Rogo-Tumu-Here. Faumea helped Tangaroa and their sons rescue Hina by withdrawing the opposing winds into the sweat of her armpit and then releasing them to power the heroes' canoes.

Many of the traditional dance steps are used in both hula kahiko and hula auana.

Demystifying Hula: The Evolution Of Hawaiian Dance

Many of the traditional dance steps are used in both hula kahiko and hula auana.

Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Having been fascinated by traditional body decoration for many years, it was no wonder Jimmy would end up photographing the Marquesan Islanders of northern French Polynesia. Beauty plays a big role in this culture: with black face paint, necklaces made of teeth and natural elements, the men and women all decorate themselves.

A quest for tribes: the world's indigenous peoples – in pictures

Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Having been fascinated by traditional body decoration for many years, it was no wonder Jimmy would end up photographing the Marquesan Islanders of northern French Polynesia. Beauty plays a big role in this culture: with black face paint, necklaces made of teeth and natural elements, the men and women all decorate themselves.

Kane (men) dancing hula kahiko (ancient hula). Photo by Kai Markell of Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Kane (men) dancing hula kahiko (ancient hula). Photo by Kai Markell of Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Polynesian Cultural Center - Oahu..Ive been here...I LOVED the LUAU and the different cultures

Polynesian Cultural Center - Oahu..Ive been here...I LOVED the LUAU and the different cultures

TAHITI. Two women in a banana grove whose faces resemble a Gauguin painting, photo Burt Glinn, 1960.

TAHITI. Two women in a banana grove whose faces resemble a Gauguin painting, photo Burt Glinn, 1960.

Born on Bora Bora, Tarita stared in 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. Photo Luis Marden, 1962, ©

Born on Bora Bora, Tarita stared in 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. Photo Luis Marden, 1962, ©

The Islands of Tahiti ~ photo by Tim McKenna from tim-mckenna.com

The Islands of Tahiti ~ photo by Tim McKenna from tim-mckenna.com

New Zealand | A cropped image of the original painting of Tamati Waka Nene (c.1785-1871) by Gottfried Lindauer, in 1890. | Tamati Waka Nene was a warrior and chieftan of the Ngati-Hoa tribe in the early 19th century.

New Zealand | A cropped image of the original painting of Tamati Waka Nene (c.1785-1871) by Gottfried Lindauer, in 1890. | Tamati Waka Nene was a warrior and chieftan of the Ngati-Hoa tribe in the early 19th century.

hula dancer from maui. hawaiians are beautiful people inside and out. they live with the "aloha spirit" AND do not insist that a woman be skinny to be beautiful. many of the winners of the Mary Monnarch festival in hawaii are what the mainland would consider plus size.  Here in the islands, they are just beautiful, hawaiian hula dancers.

hula dancer from maui. hawaiians are beautiful people inside and out. they live with the "aloha spirit" AND do not insist that a woman be skinny to be beautiful. many of the winners of the Mary Monnarch festival in hawaii are what the mainland would consider plus size. Here in the islands, they are just beautiful, hawaiian hula dancers.

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