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Tarahoi (Marae)

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Marae Tarahoi was situated on the low-lying promontory of Utuhaihai (Papaoa) at the south-westerly end of Matavai Bay.

At the time of Cook's first visit to Tahiti in 1769, Tarahoi was the most sacred marae of the Arue and Pare districts.

By the late 1760s, the people of the Pare and Arue districts had become a single polity known as Te Porionu'u.

The highest kin-title of Te Porionu'u, Tu nui ae i te atua, was associated with the marae.

When Cook's first visited Tahiti, the title-holder was Tutaha (Ha'amanemane), whom Banks nicknamed Hercules because of his striking physical appearance.

By virtue of his descent from several of the most powerful families on Tahiti and Mo’orea, Tutaha also enjoyed great influence in districts to the east of the Arue and Pare district.

In his 1993 survey of Stone Remains in the Society islands, Kenneth Emory wrote:

The Marae occupied all the point seaward of the tomb of Pomare V. A few worked stones and curbs of the facing of the ahu and the court enclosing walls may still be seen scattered over the point (Emory 1993: 56).
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People: Tutaha (Ha’amanemane; 'Hercules') (1708? - 1773)
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Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Created: 2 September 2002
Modified: 19 September 2003

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
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