Jason Momoa


                         Jason Momoa


My 13-year-old daughter showed me Jason Momoa and crew doing a haka on the red carpet, I expected to be mesmerised once again by his 'Momoa-ness'.

Instead, I cringed, and so did my daughter whose father was one of the haka performers in the line-up.

Jason Momoa is going to showcase a culture on the red carpet, why isn't he doing a hula kahiko, or traditional Hawaiian dance? At the time I couldn't bear to watch the rest of the clip.

This red carpet haka was no doubt an acknowledgement of the use of the culture in the film. Momoa leads the haka representing his role as Aquaman. In both Māori and Hawaiian culture, he'd be deemed Tangaroa or Kanaloa – God of the Sea. Again, befitting of Momoa taking the lead instead of one of the many Māori men who were there, and capable. 

the end however a display of Polynesian pride which I welcome. Let's hope when Momoa goes to the Aquamanpremiere in Hawai'i, he will embrace his Hawaiian ohana or whānau there and share his poly-pride via a hula kahiko. He'll invite Miss Aloha Hula 2018 Shalia Kamakaokalani to dance alongside him and channel Napua Greig's teachings.

Thank you 

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