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Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky, Psy.D, is a community and cross-cultural psychologist based in Hawaii and the Cook Islands. She returned to Pukapuka to learn, write and give back to her childhood atoll and community.


Monday May 18, 2015

China to offer more AID T0 Vanuatu

VANUATU – The Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese embassy in Vanuatu says further aid from China is likely as the country’s rebuild gets into full swing in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

“This is really hard for me to go,” I said to my sister Ted whom I have lived with off and on for the last few years.

The ENTIRE northern group of Pukapuka, Nassau, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Palmerston and Penrhyn eats turtle.

Coconut palm – the tree of life

Monday September 29, 2014

“Do they climb coconut trees in the Czech Republic?” asked some students of Jari Zapp the English teacher at Niua School, Pukapuka.

Natural power for the northern group

Thursday September 11, 2014

The Northern Group Solar Project is finally set to begin. 

As the juice of the roasted lakia ran down my fingers, I’m flashed back to a childhood memory of roasting a black kotawa on the beach.

I woke up this morning to the sound of singing and the pate calling us all for a cup of tea.

First Pukapuka vaka donated

Thursday August 28, 2014

The first traditional Pukapukan vaka to be made in at least 30 years arrived in Rarotonga this week.

The young men stood on the beach not sure their first vaka would float. “No one thought we could complete her,” said Marurai Marurai, Pukapukan master vaka carver and teacher.

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