' Bula Vinaka' (Fijian Greeting)  My name is Qilivote Nukuciri-Smith. The 'Smith' part of my name has a long history behind it.  Ask me about it when you see me.  I was born in Fiji and am decent of Polynesian ancestors. I am a Fijian.  I was brought up in the village till I was 12 years old.  I moved to the city-more like a small town (located in another island). That's the first time I saw and rode in a car. Believe me it was quite an experience. ( More stories to tell you when we meet.)  

After graduating from high school, I spent two years on a mission for the LDS Church.  I attended the BYU-Hawai'i Campus and majored in Psychology and Secondary Education.  After graduating, I returned to Fiji, taught for two years and went to ASU-Arizona to get my Masters Degree.  I worked for the prison system there as a Counselor for three years, then returned to Hawaii.  In Hawaii, I worked as a youth Counselor for ten years, before getting my present position at Alu Like, Inc. as a Senior Career Counselor/Employment Specialist. 

I have lived here in Hawai'i for the last 28 years.  I love it here !  I call this home.  My hobbies are nature oriented.  I love to hike, go backpacking, camping, fishing, swimming, canoeing or just to be outdoors.  My friends call me 'Bushman'. That's me!  I am culturally knowledgeable of the Polynesian cultures.  I respect other cultures and like to learn more about them.  I also like to share my cultures with others.   My goal is to be One with Nature, with Culture, with Environment and to share that experience with others so we can all be one and enjoy that oneness with one another.  That's one of the many reasons why I am honored to be a part of the The Real Hawaii.  Vinaka!  Gillie
 

AloooooooHA!  My name is Kekuhaupio Embernate.  I was born and raised in the islands and I can say that I am a descendant of indigenous people of this region of the world.  I love Hawai'i and its inhabitants.  I like to lead a healthy, balanced life and this has been part of my life's goal.

I am proud to say that my ancestors come from this beautiful island home of Hawai'i.  My great, great grandfather Kekuhaupio (to stand firm and steadfast), whom I was named after, was a general and spiritual leader to King Kamehameha (the lonely one), unifier of the Hawaiian islands.  I was raised in the Hawaiian lifestyle and love to share the aloha spirit with others from around the world.

Hawai'i is a beautiful place with our tropical climate.  It makes it a great place to live for all levels of life, from plants and insects, to humans and all nationalities and backgrounds.  Hawai'i has stunning beauty, but the Hawaiian people, and the feeling of the real Hawaiian spirit of aloha, have enlightened us that secrets are hidden in nature and have taught us how to use them.  Maybe someday you can become a part of my ohana (family) and I can share some of these secrets with you.

To share with you a little personal information about myself, I love Hawai'i, as you already know.  Besides being a guide with The Real Hawaii, I am also a lifeguard, actor, and work in just about every aspect of movie making in Hawai'i.  I've attended the University of Hawai'i to study acting and movie making in order to make real movies of Hawai'i, instead of that Hollywood polished stuff you see on television all the time.  I've acted and co-written our own independent short film "Taro Roots" and most recently worked with Adam Sandler and Drew Berrymore in their film, "Fifty-first Kisses", shot here on the island of O'hau.  I love to surf, skateboard, work-out, hike, dance and play music as well.  Just about anything athletic and fun to do.

Anyway, that's just a little about me.  I could go on forever, but that would take too long.  I have a good idea!  Come to The Real Hawaii and ask for Keku, and we can swap stories and I will share with you what my ohana and my ancestors have shared with me.  Aloha.

Aloha! My name is Jope Lewenilovo. You can ask me the meaning of my name when we are on the trail. I am originally from the Fiji Islands, but have lived here 35 of my 51 young years. 

I left Fiji when I was 16 years old. My entire family came here to work at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The P.C.C is represented by seven Pacific Island nations which include the Maoris of New Zealand, Hawai'i, Tonga, Marqueses, Fiji, Tahiti, and Samoa. 

Besides being an entertainer and tour guide at the Fijian Village, I was also part of a select group that went out every working day to gather materials from the mountains. These materials were used for building the huts, canoes, drums and skirts. It was on these daily trips that I learned about the hiking trails on O'ahu. I can still remember how exciting and fascinating the scenery of the majestic mountains with the ocean below was to me. The silence was only broken by the soft breeze blowing through the trees and the birds singing. Sometimes these were drowned out by the thunderous pounding of the water falls. I loved the peace and serenity it brought to me. 

I love the outdoor life, camping, fishing and hiking. Sports are also a big part of my life. I played football and rugby in high school and college. I also played rugby for 15 years in our local rugby union league. I have been president of our local rugby union for the past 5 years. If you don’t find me on the rugby pitch, you’ll see me at my alma mater coaching football and rugby.

 

 

 

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