AO NUI ADVENTURES

APPROACH THE MANA

What is the Ao Nui Approach?

At Ao Nui Adventures, we believe it is important for our visitors to approach their visits to the islands with the "Living Mana" in mind. We want to provide our travelers with a travel experience that engages with the culture and respects the traditions and values of the community. Our customer is one that wants more than just a vacation. We are looking for customers that want to experience the "Living Mana" and fully understand everything the beautiful islands of Tahiti have to offer.

Keep reading to understand what our travelers get to experience!

What is the Living Mana?

01 - Respect the Elements

What is local culture? With Aonui Adventures, it is simply providing the traveler a travel experience by engaging with the culture through food, dance, music and the local people’s way of life.

02 - Respect the Traditions

Those who have gone before entrusted us with an invaluable legacy that we must honor. (This includes showing respect to the elders among us)

03 - Respect the Community

Living Mana places a priority on the importance of caring for each other in community. Each person has a responsibility to invest their time and energy into serving the best interests of the community.

04 - Respect the Individual

Each person is to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of how similar or dissimilar they appear to be.

05 - Respect Yourself

Living Mana means striving to become the best person we can be.

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Living Mana Core Values

Living Mana

The Mana of the Polynesian Islands makes the Tahiti experience powerful.

What is Mana? In the Polynesian culture, Mana is understood to be the powerful lifeforce that brings positive creative energy to those who respect and honor the Mana.

The Polynesian people of New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawaii share a common heritage in that they originated on the Tahitian island of Raiatea and as a result, they share this foundational worldview.

Living Mana

Storytelling is central to Living Mana. Embracing the rich traditions and stories of those who have gone before guides and empowers today’s daily living. Preserving the authentic, historical teachings of Mana keeps the culture of Tahiti pure and powerful.

Enthusiastically sharing the story of Mana through music, dance (and multiple other means) serves to both inspire the participants and to invite the Mana to flow and bless the activity.

Respect

Mana lives both in the people and in the world around us. A central tenant of Living Mana is the responsibility to give proper respect to the people and things around us.

Living Mana means to live in harmony with both the people and the environment allowing the Mana to bless and empower us in all we do.

Celebration

It is a privilege to live within the blessing on Mana. Daily living is an opportunity to show our gratitude by celebrating all the good things the Mana has provided and sharing those things with others.

Living Mana will result in an energetic lifestyle that prioritizes time and energy on the things that are important and meaningful.

Living Mana Flow

Respect

Travelers to Tahiti are introduced to and immersed into the history and culture of French Polynesia. A comprehensive strategy will be implemented to engage the traveler in the significance of Mana.

The narrative of Living Mana will be used as a guide for sharing the story and the power of the Mana with visitors in a way that captures their hearts and minds.

The Living Mana Narrative

A simple summary of origins and traditions of Mana will be prepared including the implications of Mana for today’s living. The Living Mana narrative will help travelers understand and appreciate the richness and depth of the Tahitian worldview.

Living Mana Partners

Living Mana is not some shallow marketing campaign, but rather the guiding standard for travel services providers in the islands. If a vendor does not respect the Mana in the way they conduct their services, they will not be allowed to participate or partner in hosting Living Mana travelers.

Participating vendors will agree to abide by (and be accountable for) the Living Mana Standard or they will be excluded from involvement. Living Mana Partners will collaborate and support each other to optimize the experience for the traveler.

Aonui Adventures

The Living Mana Narrative and Standards will be established and maintained by Aonui Adventures with the goal of preserving and nurturing the authentic values and traditions of Polynesian culture. Resources will be developed to assist in the implementation and management of these standards.

Living Mana Travel Services

Each participating island will establish and maintain strategic travel services in conjunction with and support of the Living Mana Narrative. Travelers will be directed into these travel services based on their individual preferences and itinerary. Aonui Adventures will encourage travelers to choose itineraries optimized to enhance the Living Mana Narrative.

Aonui Adventures will work with each participating island to provide the best Living Mana travel experience possible. The Living Mana approach will seek to highlight the unique strengths and histories of each island and present each island at its very best.

Living Mana Flow

The intention of the Living Mana approach is to comprehensively host the traveler through every activity and transition they experience on the island. The goal is to treat every visitor like a VIP by anticipating and caring for their every need and concern.

At every point, from their arrival to their departure, the visitor should feel that their visit was arranged and prepared for without any moments of worry or frustration. At the same time, each activity is woven into the Living Mana Narrative in such a way that their whole experience hangs together like a fairy tale.

Living Mana Agents

Each island will have a primary point of contact responsible for creating, presenting and promoting Living Mana engagements/activities. Each island will have a core set of common Living Mana components as well as components that are unique to their particular island.

Living Mana Engagements

Example of Living Mana Flow – Huahine

Arriving at Fare Airport, the travelers receive a traditional welcome and blessing (MFR) and escorted to waiting transportation to Maitai Lapita Village. Upon arrival, they are immediately checked into their room and invited to share a complimentary free drink at the poolside bar. The hotel concierge hosts their free drink and presents a Living Mana welcome and orientation for their stay on Huahine. They are given a brief tour of the grounds and the amenities and dinner reservations are made for the best table at the restaurant (oceanfront?). They are given several options to choose from for the afternoon and how to get any further help if needed. In the evening, they experience an excellent, romantic meal together and share a nighttime walk on the beach before retiring to their room for a good night’s sleep.

The next morning, they have a full breakfast with fresh croissants and baguettes, fresh fruit, yoghurt, granola, etc. and very good coffee. Following breakfast, they are taken on a tour of key locations and told stories about the history and personality of the island. Part of the way through the tour, they have a picnic lunch at a location with a scenic view. The guide continues to share Living Mana stories to entertain and educate the travelers. At the completion of the tour, they are returned to their room for a rest.

The next morning, they have a full breakfast with fresh croissants and baguettes, fresh fruit, yoghurt, granola, etc. and very good coffee. Following breakfast, they are taken on a tour of key locations and told stories about the history and personality of the island. Part of the way through the tour, they have a picnic lunch at a location with a scenic view. The guide continues to share Living Mana stories to entertain and educate the travelers. At the completion of the tour, they are returned to their room for a rest.

Dinner has been prepared for them on an isolated motu with beautiful views of the reefs and beaches and has been selected to provide an excellent view of the sunset. They share a magical evening together that will resonate in their memories for the rest of their lives.

Travel Packages

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Honeymoon

4 Days / 3 Nights

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Per Person
$223

Anniversary

4 Days / 3 Nights

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$223

Celebrations

4 Days / 3 Nights

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Per Person
$223

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