Huahine Island has a rich history and is regarded as one of the Pacific Islands with the most marae and sacred sites that have been restored today.
The legend of To'erau Roa. (Huahine)
Hiro was sailing towards the Island of To'erau Roa, with a strengthening To'erau (SE) wind the canoe was rapidly making way. Hiro could see that the wind may change and move the canoe directly onto the island. He told his brothers he was going to rest and to stay alert, "the land is closer now, when the mist rises wake me or the canoe will cross over the land".
The Gods brothers did not heed the warning. The youngest brother Tupurairai told them to be careful, they took no notice and threatened to throw Tupurairai overboard to the sharks. Tupurairai remained silent. As Hiro predicted the wind turned and the canoe raced through the pass in the reef slicing the island in half. Losing the steering paddle in the process, which is believed to remain to this today in the bay of Maroe.
Vaka Moana - Tipairua design