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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2014-03-03 3:59 pm   Permalink

Sorry to clog up the thread but thought you would enjoy reading this email I received from Healane Kimitete, the granddaughter of the man who carved this paddle I recently found. Such a thoughtful email:



Aloha,

Thank you so much for finding us. Wow, the last time I remembered seeing this was when I was a young girl at my grandparent's country home in Fa'aone, Tahiti. This brings back a lot of great memories but it also brings tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart remembering of his smile and laughter. He was so proud to share his many art pieces and stories to us. We would play outside, or go down to the riverside with my grandma to watch her feed her pet freshwater eel in the river. It would swim up sticking its head out of the water, swaying back and forth so beautifully in the river like it was dancing a mele hula / hula dance for her when it would hear her approach closely. My grandma would smile and giggle under her breath and speak in her native tongue (Marquesas language) to her pet eel like it was her own child. It would twist and turn its body and smile right back at her. I will never forget that moment, priceless....

You have a couple questions below:
1)Can you confirm if this piece was carved by Mr. Bernard Kimitete? This original paddle was carved by my grandpa (Joseph Utu'naiki Kimitete) at his home in Fa'aone, Tahiti. He was a well known respected person in all of French, Polynesia. A lot of his traits in wood carving were passed down to my Dad Bernard, Pierre Kimitete.

2)Any info you have about the paddle would be great to have: There were many great stories and legends that were shared to us when we were little, for this one in particular he shared about a baby that was born on the island of Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, was born pepe 'e/different or odd. One half of its body was shape of a honu or turtle and the other half fafapiti or manta-ray. Normally in the olden days, if you were found with an deformed child, it would be killed or taken away from the parents, it was said, it would bring bad luck not only to the family but to the whole village. But for some reason, this family didn't say or speak to no one about there child and felt in there hearts, they were blessed and given this special child for a reason. They've nature d the child until it was able to move and take care itself on its own. The child promised his parents that he will watch and take care of them, the people and their children's of this village for saving and granting its life to live. Made sure they were happy, lived in peace and never go hungry. The child would only come out and walk the land at night, then right when the sun peaks over the mountains in the early morning, it would return back to the ocean. So if you look at the paddle, it signifies this child, the top half is the turtle and the bottom half is shape of a manta-ray. The carvings on its back and tail, signifies all the travels it has done through its life, and all the people he's come across with and that he has kept his promise, to watch over the lands and its people of Nuku Hiva.



3) Did Mr. Kimitete sell his carvings commercially? NO. Both my grandpa and Dad never sold any of the art pieces commercially, it was always given as a gift.

I will end here, and want to thank you for taking the time to find us! To keep my grandpa and Dad's legacy alive, we've formed a canoe club called Kai'Ehitu meaning The Seven Seas or The Seventh Generations, we're a non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. Our focus is to give back to the community, children, youth, new members, adults and elders to share this great sport called canoe paddling.

Aloha and mahalo nui ~

Healani Kimitete
(grand daughter & daughter) of Joseph and Bernard, Pierre (aka) "Papa" Kimitete




 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 3880
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-03-03 6:22 pm   Permalink

Wow
Awesome


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 1089
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-03-03 8:26 pm   Permalink

So nice of you to share in the same spirit that Healani Kimitete shared her story with you.
Mahalo


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 386
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-03-03 9:50 pm   Permalink

Wow! The tale of the meaning of the paddle is so impressive! I didn't know the designs told so much but I always wondered what the story was to the carvings. Just incredible!

aloha, tikicoma


 
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kingstiedye
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Joined: Oct 05, 2005
Posts: 1303
From: sackatomato
Posted: 2014-03-03 9:55 pm   Permalink

great stuff, bill! thanks for sharing. that's gotta make this amazing piece even more special to you.

 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-03-03 11:44 pm   Permalink

Small plate



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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-03-04 1:37 pm   Permalink

Today's







Lil help
Anyone know anything about this volcano bowl?
(Besides the obvious Grog)
It has a hula girl on one side and a surfer girl on the other.
Made in China is the only marking/ two holes on the bottom.
The only ones I see on ooga have either hula or surfer on it not both....
Hmmmm



















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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
Posts: 631
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2014-03-04 5:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-03-03 15:59, Trad'r Bill wrote:
Sorry to clog up the thread but thought you would enjoy reading this email I received from Healane Kimitete, the granddaughter of the man who carved this paddle I recently found. Such a thoughtful email:



Wow. The story and information are as priceless as the paddle itself. You scored TWICE there!

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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2334
From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-03-04 6:11 pm   Permalink

Hang10, I think that's a modern Dynasty bowl.

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 1089
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-03-04 6:29 pm   Permalink

Picked up this wooden mask at a thrift today. Not sure if itís south pacific or african. Doesnít matter,Itís going in my tiki lounge as soon as I add some south pacific island color to it.

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 881
From: NJ
Posted: 2014-03-04 6:32 pm   Permalink

Trad'r Bill,

What great information. Thanks for sharing!


 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1263
From: Calgary
Posted: 2014-03-05 07:23 am   Permalink

Thanks Trad'r Bill. It was cool to read that history of the artwork.

 
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Flying martini
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Joined: Feb 17, 2014
Posts: 24
Posted: 2014-03-06 02:50 am   Permalink

Hi,

Fairly new here. I found this on Ebay, bargain $16.75 AUD, free post.



Should arrive tomorrow, or Monday. Can't wait to add it to the Pehea Ka Kamaluhia Tiki bar!

Flying Martini,
Shaken, not stirred!
Out!


 
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TravnerRavenweird
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Joined: Apr 12, 2011
Posts: 71
From: Everett, Washington
Posted: 2014-03-06 3:56 pm   Permalink

So after finding a couple things that I Almost felt the need to take home on Saturday from a local antique mall, I controlled myself and went home to contemplate what I had seen.
Then on Monday at a more local thrift store, I found this!
Bigger, Nicer, and Half Price!
(I think that will be my new motto...)




 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 3880
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-03-06 10:56 pm   Permalink

BigKahuna- thanks
Gotta fill er up n light up da volcano soon


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