Just Another Day in Paradise - Tahiti

April 12th, 2010

Another Day in Paradise - Tahiti

You found us! We're not sure how long we'll be up but you can always go to PacificNetwork.tv to find our video stories and Life is Good because just how much bad news can we handle these days. Our thoughts go out to families who suffer losses from the mining accident, the disaster in Haiti, the recent quakes felt all along the Pacific's Ring of Fire, to families separated from loved ones stationed in the Middle East, to colleagues affected by local mergers and sale of media companies, and to many Americans struggling through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

We don't discount the hard harsh reality of what's going on in the world and in our backyards because all of us have a role in making this a better place and a better world. I think of my grandmother who always reminded me to "look for the silver lining" and that was very good advice. So I turn you toward French Polynesia...and a big mahalo to our Pacific Network - Tahiti studio where Johann Bouit and crew continue to document what's happening in the Pacific and in the Isles de la Societe including the Marquesas, birthplace of people who sailed north in hand hewn canoes sometime very long ago to inhabit the Hawaiian Islands.

This clip is a glimpse of life in Mo'orea one of the 130 islands located a short boat trip away from Tahiti. They may not have all the choices we've got in the U.S. but I think they've got something else.
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5 Responses to “Just Another Day in Paradise - Tahiti”

  1. Annoddah Dave:

    The scenes were reminiscent of old Hawaii when fish were plentiful and the land was green with forest rather than housing. The price of paradise changed to the price of progress! Same goes for the sale of this blog site host.

  2. elee:

    hah! great comment. We have nothing to do with the newspaper embedding ads in our video blog. In fact it was a surprise to PacificNetwork.tv as you'll see we have few ads on our on line network but manage to stay afloat while other bigger media merges or disappears. We have remained quiet during this "transition" of ownership between the Hon Star Bulletin and the Hon Advertiser. But stop to think if you would... the reason why newspapers and other print media are going away by the dozens and others struggle to stay alive is because of Craig's List and a lack of advertising such as the ads THA embedded in our blog on their .com. Millions of ad dollars that used to support print media have disappeared and like you, other viewers- users- readers, expect to get their on line material for free. Without advertising. I'm with you. But the conundrum for the last decade has been how do you keep your media company alive? We're "new media". Check us out please. Join Connections which is linked to FaceBook on Pacific Network. We are like no other Internet TV we've seen and we do not have lots of commercials. In fact we hardly have any and we're not sure how long we can continue to offer this to the public. We're like PBS. If you like what you see buy an annual for $35 and continue to watch and interact for free. Dave, I love your comment because if there were a possibility of continuing to provide the public with our unique high def video coverage on this .com we would. The Honolulu Advertiser allowed us to do so for one year but finance dictates (their) decisions so we'll see what happens.

  3. La'akea:

    What beautiful footage, reminiscent of another time here that has passed.

    You mentioned the Marquesas and the early migration. I recall when my grandmother, Mary Kawena Puku'i, argued with the learned scientists at the Bishop Museum who all subscribed to Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki theory that Polynesia was settled by accident and that the ocean currents were the cause. They did not believe that the ancient ones could navigate the ocean without modern instruments and technology. She insisted that they were wrong because the ancient chants talked about the purposeful migrations and the travels of the great navigators. Of course, time and the resurgence of ocean voyaging, led by the Hokule'a, proved her right and validated our ancient mo'olelo.

    Please keep up the good work.

  4. Neva Patruno:

    This post was mentioned on MySpace by Richard Hawkesford.

  5. elee:

    Hi La'akea,

    When I stood on the high hill in Raiatea and looked directly south i was looking at Kawaihae toward the magnificent gathering heiau at Pu'u Kohola - in my mind's eye. When the Marquesans paddled their canoes from shore they sailed directly north to Hawaiki we are told. When I visited "Pele's birth place" and heard the ancient Tahitian legends based on their chants it didn't take much more to convince me that absolutely the Hawaiian people migrated from this archipelago. I am stumped however in understanding what they were looking for because it is so beautiful in French Polynesia. Could it be just curiosity and that human spirit of exploration? thank you for your continued support, I wish I had met your grandmother.