Love Story - Hinemoa and Tutanekai - Mokoia Island Pool - Lake Rotorua
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 "Love Story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai"
Hinemoa was a Chieftainess of a tribe,
who lived in a village of Owhata,
located by the shores of lake Rotorua.
On lake Rotorua there is the Island of Mokoia,
four kilometers across the water from Owhata.
On this Island there lived another well born but unfortunately
 illegitimate young man named Tutanekai.
The tribes of the two young lovers would sometimes
visit together for special occasions, so it was during these times that
 Hinemoa and Tutanekai would come to
know one another and fall in love with each other.
The love of Hinemoa and Tutanekai would grow
stronger and stronger with each passing day,
and there were times in the evening when

Tutanekai would declare his love for Hinemoa
 from the Island of Mokoia.
Tutanekai would sit on the verandah of his house,
which was on a hillside overlooking the Lake,
and he would play his flute.
A gentle breeze in the evening would carry the sounds that
Tutanekai played drifting across the waters of lake Rotorua.
Hinemoa as she stood on the shores of the lake would
 listen intently, embracing the music from
Tutanekai as he declared his love for her.

However as often as it happens in life Hinemoa's
relatives suspected that she had fallen
in love with Tutanekai and although he was
considered a nice young man, it was not
the wishes of the tribe that the two should unite together in marriage.
Every night they would ensure that all the canoes were
 beached up so that Hinemoa would not be able to pull
the canoe into the water and make her way across the lake
to be with her lover Tutanekai.

One evening as Hinemoa stood on the shores of the lake with her
 heart so heavy and eyes full of tears, listening to the melody of
 Tutanekai's flute, she felt she could bear it no longer.
She lashed together six gourds in order to
 keep her afloat and waded herself out into
the lake, being guided along by the music of Tutanekai,
she swam the long journey to Mokoia Island.
When she finally reached the island after hours of exhaustion,
she came across a hot pool and entered it.
She was trembling with cold from the journey
but her heart was full of joy.

Sometime later Hinemoa could hear footsteps coming and
 she saw what appeared to be the shadow of a man filling a cala bash with
 water from a cold spring next to the hot pool.
At that moment Hinemoa imitated the sound of a mans voice and
called out loudly “Who is that for!”
“I am the servant of Tutanekai, this water is for my master”, came the reply.
Hinemoa's heart was glad knowing that she was so close
to Tutanekai's home. She then seized the calabash from
 the servant and broke it on the rocks.
 The servant then raced back to his master Tutanekai and
reported to him the strange incident that occurred
at the hot pool, but Tutanekai was too tired and
 heart broken to do anything.

The servant once again returned to fill the calabash with
 water and again Hinemoa seized the
water calabash and broke it on the rocks.
This would happen time and time again until
Tutanekai finally decided to do
something about the matter himself.
Taking hold of his club he quickly hurried down to
 the pool to kill this stranger that
had insulted him. Calling out for the intruder to
 identify himself, Tutanekai quickly made
his way around the hot pool reaching around
 the edges, until finally he grabbed the arm
of the adversary pulling him out of the water into the moonlight.

“Tutanekai” she whispered,  “It is I Hinemoa”

Tutanekai surprised as he was, stood and stared at
 her in the moonlight, they then
embraced each other as the two young lovers made
 their way back to Tutanekai's house.
No longer would they be separated from each other again.

The next morning as the two lovers slept in late,
Tutanekai's father sent his servant off to wake him,
 it was then reported by the servant that as he approached the door of
Tutanekai's house, as he looked into the room he could see
 two pairs of feet and not one lying in Tutanekai's bed.

After that Hinemoa and Tutanekai emerged
 together embracing one another.
From that moment on their union and love for one another was
 accepted by their relatives and tribes.

This true love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai is considered to be
 the greatest love story that is recorded in Maori History,
the descendants of these two young lovers still
play out this famous legend today in the city of Rotorua,
serenading wedding couples with their world famous love song
  “ Pokarekare ana” the greatest love song in the
History of the Maori People.

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Pokarekare Ana
( Maori Love Song

Maori  Verse 1
English Verse 1
Pokarekare ana
They are stirred
Nga wai o Rotorua
The waters of Lake Rotorua
Whiti atu koe hine
Cross over to me girl
Marino ana e
For now they are calm
E hine e
Oh girl  
Hoki mai ra
Return to me
Ka mate ahau
Or else I will die
I te aroha e
Because of my love for you
Verse 2
Verse 2
Tuhi tuhi taku reta
I have written my letter
Tuku atu taku ringi
I have sent you my ring
Kia kite tou iwi
So that your people can see
Raru raru ana e
That I am troubled
E hine e
Oh girl  
Hoki mai ra
Return to me
Ka mate ahau
Or else I will die
I te aroha e
Because of my love for you
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