• DOTTO! KONI CHAN

    DOTTO! KONI CHAN

    Check out this Japanese cartoon adventure about a Samoan sumo wrestling superhero. The Japanese anime series is based on real life Samoan sumo wrestler Konishiki Yasokichi  He was born Saleva'a Fuauli Atisano'e in Hawai'i and the Samoan/Japanese Sumo wrestler was the first non-Japanese born wrestler to reach Ozeki - the 2nd highest rank in the sport.  The anime series involved him & his friends having crazy adventures.  It didn't take off in Japan but had a wide fan base in Latin America where it turned into a cult classic due to the great Latin American dubbing.

  • The Coconut

    The Coconut

    The Coconut has quickly become the world wide symbol that our Pacific Islands are known for. We all know what it looks like, but what about it's history? the different way we can utilise it? Here's some fun facts about the coconut.  

  • ORO & VAIRAUMATI

    ORO & VAIRAUMATI

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. This legend comes to us from Bora Bora, French Polynesia ...

  • Fork (Tree) of Life

    Fork (Tree) of Life

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Pania of the Reef

    Pania of the Reef

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Nafanua

    Nafanua

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. How Nafanua came to be known as 'The goddess of War'

  • Savage Islands

    Savage Islands

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Surfing

    Surfing

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Flower Power

    Flower Power

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. Find out why Pacific Islanders wear flowers in their ear.

  • Lavalava

    Lavalava

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Top 5 Uses of the Jandal

    Top 5 Uses of the Jandal

    More than just shoe for the Summer, more than just a projectile weapon, here's 5 different ways you can put your jandalls to good use! And if you don't know ... now you know! 

  • Sina & The Eel

    Sina & The Eel

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Earth Maiden

    Earth Maiden

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Poly Side Step

    Poly Side Step

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • The Bun

    The Bun

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Coconut Bra

    Coconut Bra

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Tongan Gold Teeth

    Tongan Gold Teeth

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Tatau

    Tatau

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Kava

    Kava

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • Octopus Ink

    Octopus Ink

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • The Katikatia Witch

    The Katikatia Witch

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. A legend all the way from the Cook Islands 

  • Turtle and the Shark

    Turtle and the Shark

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories.

  • The Gold Tooth

    The Gold Tooth

    Have you ever wondered why every Sione, Sifa & Siua seem to be blinding with their smiling?  It's what the Tongans call Nifo Koula!  We explain why they put the koula on their Nifos ...  

  • Ugly Chanter

    Ugly Chanter

    A legend all the way from Rapanui that follows the mysterious chanter whos voice was enough for all the girls to fall for him...but did his face match the voice?  

  • Rat and the Bat

    Rat and the Bat

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. Know Your Roots Samoa's legend of the Rat & the Bat teach us a valuable lesson in friendship & trust!  

  • Tales from the mythologies of Creation, Maui and Aoraki

    Tales from the mythologies of Creation, Maui and Aoraki

    Check out the Maori version of the creation story of NZ, featuring everyone's favorite trickster demi-God Maui! Starting with a version of the Maori Creation myth we then see the Sky Father and Earth Mother separated, before joining Maui and his brothers on a fishing trip which culminates in the catch of the North Island of New Zealand. Aoraki and his brothers also go on a sea voyage, and this results in the formation of the South Island. 

  • Kilikiti

    Kilikiti

    So what came first? Cricket or Kilikiti? The origins of our beloved game of Kilikiti, and what motivated us to remake the Palagi version into our own.

  • Tongan Taovala

    Tongan Taovala

    One way to identify a Tongan is with their Ta'ovala or mats! This "Know Your Roots" will show you how, when and why it is worn.

  • Baby Oil - Potion of Doom

    Baby Oil - Potion of Doom

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. Know Your Roots Baby Oil is a  key component when it comes to the Pacific! It is mainly used to 'shine bright like a diamond' for performances at any occasion. You'll mainly see dancers drenched in baby oil when they are performing any Pacific dance, but this legend will tell you a deeper meaning behind the 'Potion of Doom'.  

  • Death of Tutunui

    Death of Tutunui

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. We take a look at the legend of Tigilau and his pet whale Tutunui - the orignal Free Willy of the Pacific! SUGGESTED LINKS Check out the Coconet timeline for more historical facts!

  • Bungy Jump

    Bungy Jump

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. Bet you never knew that bungy jump was first discovered in the island of Vanuatu. Here’s a legend that tells you the real deal of how this popular kiwi activity came to be. SUGGESTED LINKS Check out the Coconet Timeline to find more historical facts.    

  • The legend of the cannibal King

    The legend of the cannibal King

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  • Walking on Fire

    Walking on Fire

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories Bula! This Hot little legend comes to us from the Fiji Islands- It’s a tale of mystery, wonder a tiny eel man and super human powers!  

  • Fa'afafine

    Fa'afafine

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend. Its Pacific stories like you've never seen before! This legend tells the story of the third gender of Samoa, Le Fa’afafine which is a boy that has girly mannerisms and is “too cool for rugby balls”. The story talks about how fa’afafines became taboo when religion was introduced to the islands.

  • Ohi'a Lehua

    Ohi'a Lehua

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. This legend comes to us from Hawai’i and tells the beautiful tale of the handsome warrior Ōhiʻa and his beautiful lover Lehua. Learn how they were transformed into the ʻŌhiʻa Lehua tree and how, to this day the tree still grows and blooms in sacred forests across the Islands...

  • Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes

    ‘Know your roots’ takes a funky fresh twist on a classic legend to bring you a different way of telling Pacific stories. Ever wondered why the mosquito inspired the Samoan fa'ataupati, or slap dance? Well look no further! So sit back, relax and listen, to the story from the jungles of the Pacific Ocean!

  • Sina and the Tuna

    Sina and the Tuna

    The coconut is known as the fruit or tree of life for its refreshing juice and nourishing flesh housed within the shell. This tale tells the legend of how the coconut and coconut tree came to be with the beautiful story of Sina & the Tuna