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Puuraakau Hina i a i Te Maarama

A peninsula called Motu Tapu, in Ra’iatea, from which Motu Tapu of the mainland derives its name, was the canoe station of Ru and Hina; a passage from there is called Te Ava o Hina, by which they went to sea.

Not far inland from Motu Tapu is a place called Tuturaa Haa Hina, Where she is said to have made and spread out her Tapa. There is the site where once stood her breadfruit tree, the bark of which she used for making Ahu Pu’upu’u –white tapa- ; and upon the ground lies a stone called Te Hune ‘Uru a Hina –the heart of the breadfruit tree belonging to Hina- because of its resemblance to that object in giant form. After exploring the earth with Ru, Hina did not cease her love of adventure.

One evening when the full moon was shining invitingly, being large and half visible at the horizon, Hina, being totally bored and disgusted with her domestic life, left her husband and their babies after a disagreement and set off in her canoe to pay the moon a visit.


Upon arriving there she was so pleased with the moon that she stepped into it, leaving to the mercy of the sea her canoe which was never seen again. Thus Hina i Fa’auru became Hina i a i Te Marama, as in the moon she ever afterwards remained, though she did not cease to be in sympathy with her brother in his travels on earth watching over travellers at night which caused her to be called Hina Nui Te Araara.

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