TRADITIONAL NEW ZEALAND POLYNESIAN DANCING
We are Māori Mo Ake Tonu, which means Māori Forever in the native Māori language of New Zealand. As a Kapa Haka group, we are proud to represent New Zealand and to bring a touch of the New Zealand Maori culture to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our program is an interactive show which includes a series of traditional song and dance numbers. We incorporate the use of our hand/arm actions and our long and short poi balls. We also teach the students/audience some Māori words, and a short Māori song.
Māori Mo Ake Tonu has many members from all over the Bay Area and encourages new members. Whether you love Māori or polynesian dancing, New Zealand, or would like to learn something new, we would love to have you in our group.
We perform song and dance of the Māori people from New Zealand and our performances consist of action songs using our hands, legs and bodies to depict different words. We also use a variety of implements from New Zealand such as Poi Balls, Taiaha, Patu, and Titi Torea.
We have performed at many events including the San Francisco Aloha Festival and have provided many educational programs to local schools and libraries. If you are interested in a performance from our group, or perhaps you are interested in joining us, please see our contact information.
Our kaea (leader), Tracey, was born in Northland, New Zealand. Although Tracey's family moved to America when she was young, her mother continued to teach the family the Māori language and traditional Māori song and dance.
Tracey took all this knowledge and experience and formed the Kapa Haka group, Māori Mo Ake Tonu in 2000.
Schools and Libraries
Our program for schools is an interactive show which includes a series of traditional song and dance numbers. We incorporate the use of our hand/arm actions and our long and short poi balls. We also teach the students/audience some Māori words, and a short Māori song. Our program can vary in length depending upon your needs.
Our festival program is a fast paced display of traditional Māori song and dance using a variety of hand/arm actions, poi balls, titi torea, taiaha and patu.