As well as being very popular, traditional sports are an integral part of Polynesian culture and a reflection of the daily life of the Polynesian ancestors. In Anaa, in the Tuamotu Islands, all the youngsters learn how to throw the javelin so that it pierces a coconut on a pole 9.50 meters high. Technically a very difficult exploit requiring precision and skill. The inhabitants of Rurutu are specialists in stone lifting – some of them can raise a 150 kg stone onto their shoulders in a couple of seconds.
Have a go yourself!