Filmed in Hawaii 2009 while aboard a catarmaran dinner cruise. Live music and performers entertain mostly American tourists by showcasing Polynesian cultural song and dance. Performances captured include Maori songs and dance of ‘Hoki Hoki Tanu Mai’ and ‘Hoki Mai Tama Mai’.
The video recording momentarily captures ethnic culture outside of its place of origin; providing an opportunity to contemplate the complications of cultural ‘authenticity’ within tourism programming.
The title ‘covers’ refers to the definition of a cover version or cover song. In music, covers can suggest respect for a particular song or singer and therefore be considered more as a tribute. However, one may prefer the ‘authentic’ or ‘orignal’ version while others may prefer both.
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