Maori Legends
The Great Waka

This New Zealand Māori tale tells the story of how a fisherman, Tamareriti, created the Milky Way with all its constellations, and for the first time brought light to our Southern night skies.  Look up from The South Pacific, and you’ll see his Great Waka canoe traveling across the sky. 

Find out how the waka came to be there and how through the ages it has guided Polynesian sailors navigating the southern seas. 

This theatrical animation was created by OHU Domes and features recordings of traditional Māori Instruments by Richard Nunns.

Produced by OHU Domes

Narrated by Te Kohe Tuhaka, TāneaHeke, and Rangimoana Taylor,

Runtime: 5 min

Audience: suitable for all audiences

Maori Legends The Great Waka

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Center for Aerospace Education
Hokulani Imaginarium
Windward Community College

updated: 1/14/22