Memorial Plaque Dedication for Dr. Yosihiko "Taote Tapone" Sinoto

Memorial Plaque Dedication for

Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto

Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, distinguished archaeologist at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu was honored on September 3 with the dedication of a bronze memorial plaque at the Fare Pōte`e on  Huahine

Dr. Sinoto passed away in 2017 after a venerable 63-year archaeological career with the Museum.

Bishop Museum joined with the Sinoto Family, Huahine Associations `Ōpū Nui and Matahiapo (Elder’s) Group, and Marcelin Lisan, Mayor of Huahine to organize this tribute. 

Many respected figures honored Dr. Sinoto’s legacy with their presence, including 
Mayor of Fa`aa: Mr. Oscar Temaru (former President of French Polynesia), Mr. Moetai Brotherson (National Assembly of France), Mrs. Dorothy Lubin-Lévy (President, `Ōpū Nui Association), Mayor Ronald Cheou (Maeva), and Senator J. Kalani English (Hawai`i).

Leading up to the dedication, Fare Pōte`e staff Ms. Nina Kaukua and Anna Tauma worked with Bishop Museum affiliates Ms.Toni Han Palermo and Ms.Elaine “Muffet” Jourdane to prepare exhibits in Tahitian, French and English. 

Melanie Ide (Bishop Museum President and CEO) 
and the Sinoto Family sent messages of appreciation which were read by Museum affiliate Eric Komori. Shoko Hisayama, Museum Research Assistant and Dr. Sinoto’s former assistant, and long-time museum volunteer Fumiyo Morie performed a hula in his honor.

 T H E    C H I L D R E N'S    O R E R O
The ORERO symbolizes the guardian of Polynesian culture. Person of real importance in ancient Polynesian society, he was regarded as the cultural messenger of the people.
This is also the oratory, the art of handling the words to convince assistance and interest, capturing the attention of an audience
Once reserved for a few insiders or transmitted by heredity, the Orero is alive today through cultural events offered to the participation of all the Polynesian people.
March 18th 2015, the children were present at Huahine Fare P
ōte'e of Maeva to achieve this very important event.
All the mana of Huahine was present today with our children at the Fare Pōte'e thank you Vave'a Opu Nui and everyone who so generously made this day".
(Dorothy Levy)

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Teaching the school children to make the 'UO. A celebration for  the canoes browsers arriving from Tahiti and Moorea on 25th & 26th November 2015 in Maeva
W E A V I N G     W O R K S H O P
Following Papeete exhibition and symposium dated 9 to 14 June on the theme of "Weaving, the legacy of our ancestors", the Ōpu Nui association organized an exchange workshop from june 16th to 20th at Maeva Fare Pōte'e on the theme of the weaving with the participation of Pohaku Kahoohanohano, Hawaiian expert weaver.
Workshops and animations

Maeva cultural legacy is a permanent source of learning and expression for the villagers.

 Guided tours on Maeva archaeological sites

"Garden Legend Marae Tour"

Guided by Maeva villagers an introductory walk through the ancient history of the Mā'ohi people, the ancestors. 
The marae of the lake side, a walk along the vanilla plantations and the discovery of the magnificent 
 and legendary marae on the hill of Mata'irea.

Flower leis and crowns available (res. 24hrs advance)

Reservations :  
207 449 - 214 845  

2500 xpf  per person -
minimum 2 persons

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The trail that leads along the hill of Mata'ire'a is a pleasant cultural and scenic walk for those in good health. This walk takes about two hours, starting from a wall of historic fortifications near Maeva lagoon.


Along this trail, you will discover the remains of an ancient Polynesian village, unique in the Pacific. Places of interest are many, and trace the history of a living people on the hillside. The entire interior hillside of Mata'ire'a was occupied mainly by families of chiefs. Each residential entity had one or more marae. In Polynesia such a concentration of community leaders' families is exceptional.


The path winds through the hillside and vanilla plantations, then plunges into a dense and lush vegetation to reach a fern covered promontory overlooking Maeva lagoons lined with coconut trees. A breathtaking view with the island of Huahine-Iti in background.


The hill of Mata'irea
At the foot of Mou'a Tapu, the sacred mountain, an extraordinary museum in open air unveils more than 30 marae.