Recently on Kaua‘i, Bobbie Hanohano, a Hawaiian native with roots traceable to the ancient Tahitian celestial navigators, met Hinatea Boosie, a Tahitian visiting Hawaii for the very first time. They hiked rocky trails, swam in tucked-away coves, and shared their experience of a life surrounded by water. Though some 2,700 miles of blue ocean separate their island homes, they instantly felt connected—like family from faraway lands.
Descendant of Tahitian Voyagers
Native Tahitian / Entrepreneur
Born and raised on the northeast side of Oahu, Bobbie’s roots run deep in the islands. She grew up surrounded by the rich traditions that have endured for countless generations. These days she’s settled just up the coast in Kahalu‘u with her own family and loves exploring the islands, from the reefs to the misty upcountry peaks.
Hinatea hails from Tahiti, and though she’s spent the last seven years abroad, the island pulls her back every year. Her traditional style tattoo of a cherry apetahi—a fragrant white blossom native to Raiatea—always reminds her of her home and the great distances ancient Polynesian voyagers have crossed. Islanders, she believes, share a unique perspective on the world marked by open hearts and a generous spirit.
As they climbed cloudy peaks and paddled through tucked-away coves, two island girls bonded immediately. They quickly found similarities in Tahitian and Hawaiian language and culture, and the distance of thousands of miles between their homes vanished. They found a shared heritage—Bobbie traces her family lineage all the way back to ancient Hawaiian royalty, and before that, to the same Tahitian island as Hinatea’s ancestors. For Hinatea, this was an introduction to the wonders of Kaua‘i. For Bobbie, this was an opportunity to fall in love again with familiar territory.