TARENA MĀ’OHI

We’ve just finished up our Tarena Mā’ohi and wanted to share with anyone that wants to use it!

The Tarena Mā’ohi is the Tahitian lunar calendar, with tahitian names specific to each moon.
In Tahitian cultures (and Polynesian cultures in general), the moon is a guide for when to fish certain fish, and plant certain plants.

We used the Tarena produced by the Chamber of Agriculture and Fish (CAPL) in Tahiti as a guide for our names. The CAPL has a calendar for each month naming the moons for each night. You can find more information about the Tarena from CAPL here: https://capl.pf/2020/12/03/1937/

Another great resource for the Tarena is the short show on a local TV station, Polynésie la 1ère, which broadcasts the Tarena nightly, naming which lunar night we are and within each month.

Have a look here:
https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/polynesie/emissions/tarena-ma-ohi

MĀ’OHI NUI MAP

We would like to share latest MĀ’OHI NUI map that we created of the area called French Polynesia.

We privileged all indigenous namings on the map, so that it can be a truer reflection of how the indigenous and local people refer to this area and their islands.

While there is no real true indigenous name of the political area called “French Polynesia,” we privilege Mā’ohi Nui or Te Ao Mā’ohi as this has been the name local leaders have deemed the most appropriate.

Below are the five archipelagos in the local languages:
Te Henua ‘Enana/Te Fenua ‘Enata – The Marquesas Islands
Te Haga Tuāmotu – The Tuamotu Islands
Raro Mata’i/Ni’a Mata’i – the Society Islands (Leeward and Windward)
Magareva Mā – the Gambier Islands
Tuha’a Pae – the Austral Islands


Please feel free to use this map, as long as you credit us at SOS.

Mauruuru !