During the Tiurai festival in 1939, the aito[1] of Tautira lost to Teahupo’o. Since then with the support of the mayor Tutaha Salmon, the district decided to improve their training and include the sport in a cultural and religious dimension.

The va’a as a cornerstone of the community

The success of the team had no secret, they improved the way people train. « We woke up at 5am every day, men and women went to the beach for training ». Before every training, a prayer was said, decisions concerning the va’a was made by the district after church. « We kept a close eye on the athletes, no alcohol, no party and no relations ». Another advantage for Maire Nui was the natural relief. The va’a was the only mean of transport, so they were  acustom to long distance journey.  

The rose to glory in the 70’s

In 1948, Maire Nui participate in the Tiurai fesitval, they dominate in almost every races from 1948 to 1978. This 30 years of supremacy allowed them to participate in several competition abroad and show their skills.

  • 1948-1978 : supremacy of Maire Nui in the Tiurai festival
  • 1975 : 1st participation at the Moloka’i Hoe / 2nd place overall/ 1st in Fiberglass category
  • 1976-1978 : Moloka’i Hoe / 1st place in Koa category
  • 1977 : 1st place/ Marina Del Rey race (120km, California)  

[1] Hero, brave warior