Thoughts on Whale Rider RE 450 – Haipule Hawaii a me Ha„i„ōlelo (F2010)
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1stBorn = Ka Hiapo Prophecy Next Chief
Concept Paikea born - To be the next leader
Koro chanting to still born
Why was Paka mad at son?
Following a traditional protocol but interrupted by crying baby. Lei niho palaoa (whale‟s tooth) - Symbol of chiefly status
Rheiputa: Bone from the jaw of a whale
Paikea enters the house with smoking family members.
Problems must be recognized and acted upon.
What was the symbolism of the crying child? What is the similarity between these two elements. What‟s significance of Pai‟s tone in this particular scene. Does this lesson reappear?
Horse (whale?) play during the school performance where the attendees laugh.
Typical adolescent energy and rascal misbehavior. Flippant value of traditions.
Why didn‟t Pai laugh at jokes? Why‟s her teasing significant?
What relevance, symbolism, and what does this act represent? KiaOra?
This is a gesture “honi” Eskimo? Maori? Hawaii?
Paikea greets her father. Koro greets his son.
Koro says to son that “They‟ve been waiting?”
The marae is the gathering place. This was Whitireia
Paikea noted: “Everybody moved away”
The exodus of native peoples is common in search of new value based on new value system
Waka was abandoned
Porourangi left it unfinished
The rope was prevelant throughout the movie
Many scenes, the rope is symbolic of many issues.
Whirianga taura here tanga tau Paikea ke ta paka „ia ai ka „iwi
Wili „ana ke kaula no ka hele „ana a Pai„ea, ke pa‟a „ia ai ka „iwi.
(Koro) Hurts to see what‟s happening to us”
An exodus of the younger people
Koro said that privilege has responsibility to son.
Porourangi wanted to go back to Europe
Pai and father stop on road
Pai listened to the ocean and then wanted to return.
Pai returns to Whitireia
Tells Koro she “is back.”
The training of the young Maori men begins
Paikea leads the men onto in protocol as they enter the marae.
Pai solicits and provides help to various others in the community
These moments of guidance/requests for help catalyzes tangible changes
He stopped and abandoned the building of the whaka
Who were waiting? What were they waiting for? What was the cause of such loss? What consequence does it have? What does canoe symbolize? Does it remain so? What is the symbolism of rope? What‟s response when it breaks?
Weave together the threads of Paikea so that our line remains strong. What are the metaphors?
Family dysfunction and Mis-prioritization.
What was happening to Whikireia? What privilege? What responsibility? Did Pai really hear something? Did father “know” what was up? What purpose/juxtaposition is offered up in this scene? Why does she sit in front? Does Paka have the authority to require her to sit in back? What authority does Pai have. What are example changes? Why are changes occurring?
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A bus is coming up the road with the rest of the kids approaching Pai.
Pai returns from school
Hemi is met by his father at the hō„ike (show).
The trainees go with Paka for the final test.
No trainee retrieved the rheiputa for Koro
Koro return home after “test”
Pai packed up and moved
Moved to live with Uncle Rawiri
Pai retrieves the rheiputa
It is returned to Paka
They were to retrieve the rheiputa
The group was not successful and now rests.
Pai makes a connection with the beached whale
What is scene‟s significance? What are leader issues here? What is Hemi‟s perception of family and its reliability? What‟s purpose of test? Why was Hemi left behind? What‟s last 2 boys symbolize? What was Koro thinking? What was his follow-up plan? What is the move‟s purpose? Symbolism of move? Why isn‟t Paka ready? When will he be ready?
Pai makes Paka her guest of honor at the hō„ike
Pai recites the story of Paikea as a long line of chiefs stretching back
She challenges the bus and races it on her bicycle Hemi meets father‟s friends as father departs with his buddies
Paka does not arrive with the rest of the family
What opposites occur in show? What opposite occur?
How is genealogy described? Continuous? Prophetic? Whom did she say was tired?
She notes that she was born within this line.
This scene involves several “proverbial” teamwork and leadership concepts in action. The whale makes a connection with Paikea in this scene.
What is the teamwork concept exhibited here by Kauwiri? Leadership concept by Paikea? Any familiar proverbs?
What protocol is occurring? What is its purpose?
“I ka „ōlelo nō ke ola, I ka „ōlelo nō ka make” Hawaiian “Ao kea loa” Kupuna Kākou Haele mai Moana Wili Wa„a Kia Ola Mo„o Hale Koholā Kanaloa Kahiko Make „Iwi Aue Lei Niho Palaoa
Maori Aotearoa Tupuna Katou Haere mai Moana Whiri Waka Kia Ora Moko Hare Tohora Tangaroa Kahito Mate „Iwi Aue Lei Niho Palaoa
English “long white cloud” grandparent Everybody / “all of us” “to come” deep ocean “twist” canoe to guard life “grandchild” (metaphor) house whale God of the Ocean ancient(s) dead Bones/Ancestors “Go h Darn” Ivory Chiefly Pendant
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