Welcome to my personal travel journal! If you don't know me, that's OK! I hope you'll enjoy reading about some of my adventures and misadventures, and hopefully learn something new about a corner of the world.

Recent updates:
2015-10-06: Day 8 of Niue in 2011.
2015-10-05: Day 7 of Niue in 2011.
2015-09-29: Day 6 of Niue in 2011.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A collection of pounamu hei-tikis. A hei-tiki is a neck pendant (hei) that's shaped like a person (tiki), and used to be commonly worn by high-ranking Maoris. According to Maori (and related Polynesian) mythology, Tiki was the first man created by the god Tūmatauenga or Tāne. I wonder if this is what tiki bars are named after. These particular hei tikis are made of pounamu, also known as New Zealand greenstone, a type of jade found in New Zealand.