The Story of MAU.
The term MAU has a longstanding history within Pacific Ocean societies. Le Mau a Pule, or O le Mau o Samoa (League of Samoans or ‘the firm opinion of Samoa) was established in the early 1900’s in opposition to colonial forces ruling Samoa. Commonly referred to as the Mau Movement, the systematic campaign was a non-violent, passive resistance which led to Samoa’s independence in 1962; becoming the first Pacific nation to gain independence.
A decade later, Mau Piailug, master navigator from Satawal guided a open-sea voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti. This was the first time in 600 years the route was navigated with celestial and ancestral navigation techniques. Mau’s teachings led to the renaissance of Polynesian voyaging, canoe building, and the revival of the Oceanic identity we witness today.