UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CULTURAL EXCHANGE MISSION TO RAPA NUI

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (July 16, 1998 -PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---Hawai'inuiakea (The Large and Expansive Hawaii), a group of Hawaiian studies students and indigenous Hawaiians from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and their community supporters will travel to Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, Saturday on a 10-day-long cultural exchange mission.

Coordinator of the mission, Keali'i'olu'olu Gora, says the University of Hawaii hui, or group of indigenous Hawaiians (kanakmaoli), will share their knowledge of Hawaiian history and cultural practices with Rapa Nui Polynesians (Tangata Maohi) through chant ('oli), dance (hula) and song (mele).

Rapa Nui is the easternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle, whose other points are Hawaii in the North and New Zealand (Aotearoa) to the south and west. It has been a territory of the South American nation of Chile, where it is known as Isla de Pascua, since 1888.

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