Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time around the Polynesian people. Through sports, friends, church and school I have come to know Pacific Islanders a lot better. It is always worthwhile to spend time with them and learn more about them and their culture. From my personal experiences and learning more about the pacific people in class, I have grown to love the pacific people because I know they are happy, loving, generous, and selfless people.
I had the opportunity to live in New Zealand for two years as I served a mission for my church. While I was there, I spent almost every day around Tongans, Samoans, Maori’s, and all other oceanic people. I came to learn that they are all very happy and grateful people! It didn’t matter whether they were rich or poor, they were always very grateful for what they had and very happy people! Mr. Tongaonevai always comes to class with a happy attitude. I remember going into peoples homes in New Zealand and seeing that they have almost nothing, but somehow they continue to smile and be genuinely happy about life. In the week4 module video Indigenous and Western Worldviews, it talks about “enoughness” and how having that mind set can make one more content. I believe that is why the pacific people always seem to be happy.
In my perspective, the oceanic people are also some of the most loving people I have every met.They make you feel so welcomed and loved when you meet them or enter their homes. Is there any wonder why the Tongan Islands are known as the friendly island? Also whenever I get off the phone with my Samoan and Tongan friends, they will either say Alofa Atu or Ofa Atu or Ofa Lahi Atu, which all mean I Love You or Love Ya. It is hard to put in words the love I feel when I am around the Polynesian people, it is something everyone needs to experience for themselves.
Another thing I observed in New Zealand and what we have talked a lot abou…