10 Dec 2009

Marae format eyed for Hawaii

9:05 am on 10 December 2009

A visiting Hawaiian academic is crediting Maori with providing a template for a cultural revival in Hawaii.

Dr Mitchell Eli is leading a group to see how marae work, with the aim of building something similar in the islands.

On one of his first trips to Aotearoa back in the early 1980s, he was inspired by what was being done at places like Hoani Waiti Marae in west Auckland.

He told Waatea News he saw children being taught by their elders to speak the language and learn the culture.

Dr Eli said there are now pre-schools and schools where native Hawaiians can regain their language and culture, so a marae would be a logical next step.