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Polynesians Discovered Antarctica Over 1,300 Years Ago, New Research Suggests

A review of literary and oral history suggests Polynesians, and not Europeans, were the first to explore Antarctic waters and possibly even spot the frozen continent itself.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Antarctica, New Zealand, Polynesia, Iwi, Ngai Tahu, Priscilla Wehi, The Royal Society Of New Zealand, Hui Te Rangiora, Ui Te Rangiora, Maori People, Ngahuia Mita, Tairawhiti, Regions Of New Zealand

Farm League Celebrates the Aloha Spirit with an Authentic Film for OluKai

Creative film company Farm League has today released the first in a series of documentary-style shorts for Hawaiian-inspired shoe brand OluKai. Entitled “Ocean Mother”, this film follows the release of the anthem film “Together. We Go.” earlier in April, and tells the story of US national spearfishing champion Kimi Werner. To help OluKai show appreciation and deep respect for Hawaii and its people, Farm League was tasked with creating a series of films which explore real-life stories of re...
Tags: Featured, Advertising, US, America, Hawaii, Aloha Spirit, Miko, Polynesia, Kimi, Kimi Werner, Farm League, Miko Lim, OluKai, Miko Lim Director, Kamu Davis, Emily Erickson

Italian island "hermit" has been booted off after 30 years of living there alone

More than 30 years ago, Mauro Morandi was attempting to sail from Italy to Polynesia when he ended up on Budelli, a small private island off Sardinia. Morandi, now 81, never left and eventually became the island's official caretaker. Above is a Great Big Story about Morandi from two years ago. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Italy, Evictions, Polynesia, Morandi, Budelli, Mauro Morandi, Hermits, Sardinia Morandi

Apple Picks Up World Surf League Docuseries for Apple TV+

Apple has picked up a new six-part documentary series about the World Surf League, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the "aspirations, failures and accomplishments" of the world's best surfers as they strive for the World Surf League Title. Apple says that each episode will feature a "rich exploration" of the people who make up the 2021 World Surf League Men and Women's Championship Tour, bringing viewers along on a journey to some of the most incredible surf spots in the world. ...
Tags: Apple, Apple TV, Hawaii, Bali Indonesia, Santa Cruz California, New South Wales Australia, Polynesia, Netanya Israel, World Surf League, Stephanie Gilmore, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, World Surf League Title Apple, Papara Tahiti, Taghazout Bay Morocco

Best 2020 Holiday Travel Destinations for Private Aviation with Minimal COVID Restrictions 

The 2020 Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s holiday travel season is going to be one unlike any we’ve seen in our own lifetimes. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to limit travel options, demand for open holiday destinations remains high. Recently, we’ve seen a trend of operators coming to us for trip support questions without a destination in mind. “Where can I go with minimal restrictions?” With some destinations offering limited capacity due to COVID, we recommend making your reservatio...
Tags: Asia, UK, London, Mexico, New York City, Eu, European Union, Turkey, United States, Asia Pacific, Hawaii, United Kingdom, Dubai, Croatia, Aviation, San Jose

Isolation and closed borders: Here's how ten Pacific Island nations are COVID-19-free, and the costs that come with it

Ruth Nafow (R) cooks corn to sell at a local farmer's market on December 06, 2019 in Tanna, Vanuatu. Asked about climate change, she said, 'It's a really big concern. This will affect our crops in one way or another.' Mario Tama/Getty Globally, there are now more than 31,200,000 COVID-19 cases, but there’s no COVID-19 in Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Vanuatu, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands. The reason for this is these small is...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, International, Trends, Bbc, South Pacific, Herald, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Pacific Island, Palau

Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

The very first human beings originally emerged in Africa before spreading across Eurasia about 60,000 years ago. After that, the story of humankind heads down many different paths, some more well-studied than others.Eastern regions of Eurasia are home to approximately 2.3 billion people today – roughly 30% of the world’s population. Archaeologists know from fossils and artifacts that modern humans have occupied Southeast Asia for 60,000 years and East Asia for 40,000 years.But there’s a lot left...
Tags: Asia, Europe, News, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Beijing, Malaysia, Siberia, Laos, Mongolia, Eurasia, Yangtze River, East Asia, Yang, Taiwan Strait

Coronavirus: one in nine people in UK in lockdown; India reports a record daily case rise – live updates

India racks up another 97,570 infections; police disperse demonstartors in Victoria; Brazil deaths climb past 130,000. Follow all the developmentsCovid-19 vaccine gamble: where bets have been placed and why‘World-leadingly bad’: the week Covid resurged in the UKPassengers furious at airlines over voucher policyBob Woodward rejects criticism he sat on Trump ‘deadly’ virus remarks 10.34am BST The UK government is not considering backing down over the “rule of six”, a senior minister has said, ...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, India, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil, Victoria, Azores, Trump, MADEIRA, Woodward

ETW #78 Weird Travel – Polynesia & Tiki Culture

“Weird Travel” returns & in this episode we’re talking about all things Polynesian, from Tiki Culture to the odd Kon-Tiki Expedition. More than Mai Tais & palms, the South Pacific and all Polynesian cultures have long and unusual histories, as Patrick and Matt chat about this week. You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher. Weird Travel is a podcast within a podcast and my effort to chronicle and share...
Tags: Travel, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Disney, South Pacific, Weird Travel, Gauguin, Patrick, Matt, Mai Tais, Polynesia, Michener, Thor Heyerdahl, Kon Tiki, ETW, Tiki culture

Coronavirus live news: Robert Pattinson 'tests positive for Covid-19, halting Batman production'

US media reports actor tests positive; total French cases rises to 300,181; Israel to impose partial lockdownSpain situation ‘does not bear comparison with pandemic peak’French PM says jobs and green economy at heart of recovery planIndia logs record 83,883 Covid-19 cases in dayGSK and Sanofi to start human trials of potential Covid-19 vaccine 8.17pm BST The actor Robert Pattinson has tested positive for Covid-19, pausing production in the UK of Warner Bros movie The Batman, US media reports...
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Where Is Polynesia, And What Is The Disney Polynesian Village Resort?

What does Polynesia mean? The word Polynesia comes from 2 Greek words, “poly and nesos”, which translates to mean  “many islands”. The name is appropriate considering that the Polynesian islands take up more than 800,000 sq miles! Where is Polynesia? Thanks to Disney it can be a lot closer than you might think. In this article, we’ll review a few fun facts about Polynesia, as well as what you can expect when visiting the Disney Polynesian Village. So take a look! By the time you’re done reading ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Disney, New Zealand, Travel Tips, Pacific, Tonga, Easter Island, DVC, Hawaiian Islands, Magic Kingdom, Polynesia, Disney Vacation Club, Polynesian Village Resort, Hawai Polynesia, Samoa Tonga Cook Islands Wallis

'We are in dire straits': Pacific stands on Covid brink amid surging infections

Rising cases in Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, and Guam raise fears of uncontrolled coronavirus outbreaks across PacificSurging Covid-19 cases in Guam are threatening to overwhelm the island’s healthcare system, while rapidly spreading infections across Papua New Guinea and new clusters in French Polynesia following the resumption of tourism have sparked fears of uncontrolled outbreaks in the Pacific.The Pacific region is still the least-infected in the world – several countries remain Covi...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Pacific, Pacific Islands, Palau, Guam, Polynesia, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea French Polynesia, Pacific The Pacific

Italian island "hermit" may get evicted

More than 30 years ago, Mauro Morandi was attempting to sail from Italy to Polynesia when he ended up on Budelli, a small private island off Sardinia. Morandi, now 81, never left and eventually became the island's official caretaker. Above is a Great Big Story about Morandi from two years ago. Soon though, Morandi may get the boot. La Maddalena's National Park, owner of the island since 2015, plans to renovate Morandi's shack into an environmental observatory. From CNN: "Our priority is...
Tags: Video, News, Cnn, Italy, Islands, Mauro, Polynesia, Morandi, Budelli, La Maddalena, Mauro Morandi, Hermits, Island Living, Loners, Sardinia Morandi, La Maddalena Park

Why David Duke Is Allowed on Twitter, Polynesia and iOS 14: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well folks, as I’m sure all of you are aware, life is a bit rough right now. Although many of you probably do this already, I’m going to share what I do to cope with the news that the world is burning every time I wake up (or at least that what it feels like.) I scroll through TikTok, and then I am reminded that there…Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Joe Biden, Sony, Nightmares, Donald Trump, David Duke, Polynesia, Game Boy Advance, Best Of Gizmodo, Coronavirus, Ios 14

Native Americans Voyaged to Polynesia Long Before Europeans Reached the Americas, DNA Study Shows

Indigenous South Americans reached islands in the South Pacific some 300 years before Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, according to new genetic evidence.Read more...
Tags: Science, Americas, Anthropology, Native Americans, South Pacific, Christopher Columbus, Polynesia, Human Migrations, Polynesians

Study shows ancient contact between Polynesian and South American peoples

New genetic research shows that there was mingling between ancient native peoples from Polynesia and South America, revealing a single episode of interbreeding roughly 800 years ago after an epic transoceanic journey. The question of such contact - long hypothesized in part based on the enduring presence in Polynesia of a staple food in the form of the sweet potato that originated in South and Central America - had been keenly debated among scientists. Scientists said on Wednesday an examinati...
Tags: News, Mexico, Chile, South America, Pacific, Central America, Polynesia

Long Beach Paralympian Angela Madsen dies rowing alone across Pacific Ocean

By Gary Metzker, Contributing writer Long Beach’s Angela Madsen, a three-time Paralympian and U.S. Marine veteran, has died while trying to become the first paraplegic, first openly gay athlete and oldest woman to row across the Pacific Ocean, her wife said Tuesday, June 23. She was 60. Madsen set out from Marina del Rey in a with the goal of reaching the Hawaii Yacht Club, in Honolulu, within four months. Deb Madsen, the rower’s wife, said in a Tuesday Facebook post that Angela Madsen sent h...
Tags: Facebook, News, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Va, Long Beach, Obituary, Oakland, Disneyland, Local News, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern California, Great Britain, Atlantic Ocean

What is sail hitching, how to do it

When Cori Davidson’s bike was stolen in Los Angeles, she decided to hitch a ride. She’d cycled south from her hometown of Vancouver and, despite the hiccup, had no plans of stopping. The first step was hopping on a boat to Mexico as her time in the United States was running out. It would be the first of many boats she’d board over the next few months, yet this initial crossing was the only one that came with a receipt. Davidson disembarked in Ensenada, a port city on the coast of the Baja Cali...
Tags: Travel, Google, Dane, Australia, Mexico, Time, Los Angeles, Turkey, United States, San Diego, South America, Vancouver, North, Sailing, North Carolina, Pacific

Reveling in the Enigmatic Beauty of Easter Island

Some 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is among the world’s most remote — and mysterious — inhabited islands.
Tags: Photography, News, Chile, Islands, Easter Island, Polynesia, Travel and Vacations, Archaeology and Anthropology, Rock and Stone, Chile Rapa Nui

The Feast at Lele – Lahaina’s Best Luau

Perhaps the most unique luau experience in all of Hawaii, the Feast at Lele luau promises a special evening. Located on the beach in front of the Shops at 505 on Historic Front Street in Lahaina, the Feast at Lele offers a more intimate and personal approach to the luau experience. The Feast at Lele Luau takes you through a journey of the senses across Polynesia as you taste a 6-course Prix fare menu consisting of dishes from Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Accompanying the tableside ser...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Group, Tonga, Maui, Kona, Taro, Polynesia, Lahaina, Lele, Lele Luau, Tahiti Samoa New Zealand, Maui Service, Mai Tai Pina Colada Blue Hawaii, Lele Luau Menu, Ogo Seaweed Salsa Hawaii Course

Anger on Easter Island after truck crashes into sacred stone statue

Mayor calls for vehicle restrictions around emblematic structuresThe mayor of Easter Island has called for vehicle restrictions to be introduced around its archaeological sites after a pickup truck hit one of the famous stone statues, causing “incalculable” damage.A Chilean man who lives on the island, in Polynesia, was arrested after the incident on Sunday and has been charged with damaging a national monument, according to the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio de Valparaíso. The platform on which ...
Tags: Americas, World news, Art and design, Chile, Sculpture, Archaeology, British Museum, Easter Island, Polynesia, El Mercurio

Spend a Day in Lahaina Town

When visiting Maui, a visit to Lahaina is a must-do activity. Lahaina Town holds a special place in Hawaiian history and is the perfect place to spend a day of your vacation. Lahaina has gained fame not only due to its beautiful beaches, great accommodations, and restaurants but also for its vibrant and culturally rich past. Lahaina was the capital of the Royal Kingdom of Hawaii for 25 years, from 1820 to 1845. Today, its become a hot tourist destination with its many shops, galleries, and resta...
Tags: Travel, Blog, United States, Hawaii, Dick, Maui, Thomas Edison, Herman Melville, Oahu, East Maui, Kapalua, Tahiti, Polynesia, Peter Lik, Lahaina, West Maui

The Birdman Cult of Easter Island

After the decline of Moai culture on Easter Island, a new cult emerged that revolved around fertility and the worship of migratory seabirds. As the Moai had represented the idea of ancestor worship, the new Birdman Cult was represented by the Tangatu-mana (birdman), a human body with the head of a bird. The village of Orongo was built exclusively for ceremonial purposes related to the new religion. Perched nearly 1,000 feet above the sea, on the precarious rim of the Rano Kao volcano, Orongo fac...
Tags: Travel, Culture, South Pacific, Cultural Travel, Easter Island, Polynesia, Rapa Nui, Moai, South Pacific travel, Orongo, Rano Kao

The Bird Man Cult of Easter Island

After the decline of Moai culture on Easter Island, a new cult emerged that revolved around fertility and the worship of migratory seabirds. As the Moai had represented the idea of ancestor worship, the new Bird Man Cult was represented by the Tangatu-mana (birdman), a human body with the head of a bird. The village of Orongo was built exclusively for ceremonial purposes related to the new religion. Perched nearly 1,000 feet above the sea, on the precarious rim of the Rano Kao volcano, Orongo fa...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Cultural Travel, Easter Island, Polynesia, Rapa Nui, Moai, South Pacific travel, Orongo, Bird Man Cult, Rano Kao

Easter Island – One of the Most Spiritual Places on Earth

For years, friends have raved that Easter Island is the most spiritual place they have ever visited. This speck of land in the eastern Pacific, known to locals as Rapa Nui, had been on my wish list for years. Since childhood I had read about the Moai, enormous statues the indigenous people carved from volcanic tuff and raised on platforms near the shoreline. Explorers and visitors alike have always been intrigued by the mystery of Easter Island. Where did the first inhabitants come from? When di...
Tags: Travel, Earth, Culture, Chile, Pacific, Cultural Travel, Easter Island, Polynesia, Rapa Nui, South Pacific travel

The least-visited US national parks

The United States got its 62nd national park in late 2019 when White Sands got the designation in December. If you’re jonesing to go check it out, a road trip through New Mexico is pretty easy. But of the 61 other national parks, some aren’t quite so straightforward to get to. They may involve jetting in tiny planes to remote parts of Alaska or flying 13 hours over the Pacific Ocean. That’s not to say America’s least-visited national parks aren’t worth visiting. It’s just to say that to enjo...
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The global reef expedition: French Polynesia

(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) Scientists have released their findings from the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition ever conducted in French Polynesia. The Global Reef Expedition: French Polynesia Final Report provides a comprehensive summary of the research findings from the expedition, an assessment of the health and resiliency of French Polynesia's coral reefs, and recommendations for preserving French Polynesia's coral reefs into the futu...
Tags: University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Polynesia

Where apple pie was invented

Nothing is as American as apple pie, so they say. This flaky, fruit-filled dessert conjures memories of holidays huddled around the dinner table, of steam rising from the lattice crust of a pie on the windowsill, and of generations celebrating and enjoying time together. But apple pie wasn’t invented in the United States. In fact, as is the case for many aspects of American cuisine, the majority of its ingredients hail from abroad. “To be American as apple pie means to be immigrant and impor...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Europe, England, Indonesia, China, Singapore, India, Americas, US, America, United States, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Pie, North America

Tourist loses hands in shark attack

While on a whale-watching expedition off the coast of Moorea in French Polynesia, a tourist was attacked by a shark and lost both of her hands. The 35-year-old French citizen was swimming when an oceanic whitetip shark bit into her arms and chest. She was quickly treated by nurses on the scene — who happened to also be on the excursion — but the damage had already been done. Local firefighter Jean-Jacques Riveta told AFP, “When we got to the hotel jetty she was conscious but in a critical con...
Tags: Travel, Sharks, All, Afp, Moorea, Tahiti, Jacques Cousteau, Polynesia, Jean Jacques Riveta

Shark tears woman's hands off in Polynesian paradise island attack

A French tourist has lost both her hands in a rare shark attack in the Pacific islands of Polynesia, say emergency services. The woman was swimming during a whale-watching trip on Monday off the island of Mo’orea, a honeymoon destination in the French overseas territory, when the oceanic whitetip shark bit into her chest and arms.
Tags: News, Pacific, Polynesia, Mo'orea